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  • The King of Staten Island

    The King of Staten Island

    After Sean Penn's The Last Face ("Otherside"), this is the second major American film to feature a string quartet cover version of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song ("Scar Tissue").

  • Tommaso

    Tommaso

    Stray thoughts:

    -A textured portrait of the artist as father, teacher, listener, and sinner. Ferrara’s best movies deal with men who struggle to rehabilitate from a life of transgression, and while those moments of indiscretion are uncomfortable—even unforgivable—they’ve always been there. Tommaso is largely one of his most low-key and empathetic films, and yet…Ferrara!

    -The combined personae of Dafoe's neo-Grotowski choreographer and Ferrara’s filmmaker prepping storyboards for his The Revenant may not be coherent for anyone unfamiliar with their sources'…

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  • Le Berceau de cristal

    Le Berceau de cristal

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

    I had a complicated experience watching this.

    1. Last week I found out that someone I knew in college died of an overdose. It was a shock in part because I hadn’t thought of this person in 5 years, and we had hung out on more than a few occasions during our freshman year (with photo evidence that I’ve been poring over). But we lost touch, in the way that you sometimes reach the limits of what you have in…

  • Duelle

    Duelle

    ★★★

    "I believe the only question that concerns all directors is this: given the circumstances, what misunderstanding can I turn to my profit?" -Jacques Rivette