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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Second viewing allows you to revel in the exquisite writing—with multiple lines and gestures rhyming throughout the push-pull dynamic ("Let me drive for you")—and also identify how cannily Anderson employs misdirection via the ostensible homage, period trappings, etc. The stretch from the honeymoon to New Year's Eve still seems somewhat off, though, in part because the doctor's godmother overplays the jealousy. (That said, Alma's conversation with the doctor, where she asks: "How do you know what my life has been…

  • Pola X

    Pola X

    ★★★½

    First hour is perfection, with every shot—from that destabilizing opening—connecting intuitively, just beyond articulation. A film of ever-shifting pairs and trios (father-mother-son; Pierre-Lucie-Thibault, the "three inseparables"; Pierre-Lucie-Isabelle; etc) with each relationship erotically charged, the general look and feel, that of a fairy-tale. Takes the artist-in-search-of-the-Truth cliché and transforms it with a feral energy, a kind of excessive madness and an intense physicality, a desire to "push beyond all this"—the standouts: the motorcycle crash; the (unsimulated?) sex scene. As expected of…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★½

    Firmly split on this one, which seems about right given that Nolan is simultaneously over-praised and undervalued (though I consider myself a partisan of his). But there really is no getting past the gulf between its staggering, brilliant conceit—which attempts to do no less than to demonstrate, with increasing temporal and spatial immediacy, the parallel planes upon which a war is fought; to enfold the immediate ground-level experience of those events within a larger historical understanding of one of the…

  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★½

    90/100

    Man, do you wanna watch Primer? I haven't seen it since later this afternoon.