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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    When the Coens are on this kind of form, in which the line between laughing and weeping is being eroded before your eyes, I find it very hard to resist.

    By the way, in the first ten seconds or so, do take a look at the dedication in the book. It's the funniest throwaway sentence I've encountered in a while.

    Anyway, review here.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

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

    A brilliant, near flawless argument for not allowing directors to make versions of their most beloved movies. This is awful in an unrelenting, oblivious, deeply stupid way, and it infiltrates every layer of the form. (The editing, in particular, is ghastly.) Only two of the many nonsensical stretches do anything worth noting, both dance sequences, in one way or another. I've read that the choreography is horseshit, but in my ignorance about modern dance I couldn't tell; so the Volk…

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    The film I was most eagerly awaiting of this year so far. Amazing: it's a thunderstorm of brilliance.

    The noise of this film is astonishing. It pressed home the idea of Phoenix's Joe being out at sea ALL OF THE TIME; there is no respite for his psyche, the associations are incessant and they are brutal. Greenwood's score is an audible assault on the sense, and the sound design is a calibrated delirium.

    And while it's a painful experience, largely…

  • The Square

    The Square

    "The Square" is loathsome, reactionary nonsense.

    There is no short supply of satire surrounding the contemporary art world, so a new work that centres on this really has to be funny, really has to have something to say. What does Östlund settle for? This: the obscurity of contemporary art is not warranted by its vague subject-matter, and is packaged with a surfeit of vague corporate-speak, delivered to you by shallow and pretentious hacks. Wow! I've never heard that before! It's…