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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

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

    It does not occur to you—or at least it did not occur to me—until the final sequence of this remarkable movie that Sciamma has not taken the usual pains to orient us in historical time. We get none of the usual period-pic hints meant to situate us snugly within a particular context: No obligatory references to kings or wars, no obvious recent inventions, no title card at the beginning of the film to let us know that it is 1728…

  • Jerichow

    Jerichow

    Howwwwwwwwww is everything Petzold does so good, it's almost not even fair!

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  • The Two Popes

    The Two Popes

    ★★★

    It's never the one-star movies that make me feel cursed to be an Oscar Nom Completionist; it's the two-and-a-half-to-three-star ones. This movie is better than Darkest Hour, but it reminded me that I watched Darkest Hour two years ago and something about that reminded me of the futility of existence.

    And I say this as someone who *likes* #PopeContent. But someone please make me a bumper sticker that says "Actually, Spotlight wasn't about journalism, it was about twenty-first century Catholicism." But someone please make me a bumper sticker that says "I'd rather be watching Scorsese's Silence." Actually please don't; I don't have a car.

  • Barbara

    Barbara

    ★★★★★

    Last week's Movie Club pick. I think I was avoiding logging this because I did not know how to even try to explain that, to me, this is as perfect a film you can possibly make from the simplest materials? (Lindsay, Robert Bresson would like a word with you.) I don't know. Petzold has been on an incredible, I-barely-can-believe-it run this past decade, and this one might be my favorite of all (unless you ask me on one of the…