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  • Dracula
  • Querelle
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Benediction

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  • Fyre

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    ★★★★★

  • Day of Wrath

    ★★★★½

  • Vampyr

    ★★★★★

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  • Fyre

    Fyre

    IN FOUR DAYS YOU WILL BE DANCING ON THE BEACH

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    The Marriage of Maria Braun

    ★★★★★

    Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel. Even in a 16mm print so faded it was basically tinted red, projected in the basement of a library with some lady’s hair bun blocking half of the subtitles, this resonates as one of Fassbinder’s finest accomplishments: the slow burn tragedy of a nation inventively rebuilding itself from the rubble only to find it’s lost its soul. Insane that such a dizzyingly ambitious and unambiguously political endeavor to re-evaluate several decades of German history could be expressed in what is perhaps the most narratively and formally accessible (though not uncomplex!) film this director ever made.

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  • Summer of 85

    Summer of 85

    Such a nothing movie: too much plot for a “vibes”-centric experience, but not a strong enough narrative to be at all dramatically compelling (and the framing device—it’s useless!); nice colors and textures but little in the way of interesting composition or camera movement; completely limp characters and zero atmosphere; the half-hearted sputters of would-be high melodrama in the latter end failing to redeem the film’s essential inertness, its blandness, indeed its mediocrity. I do ardently believe with all my heart that the angelic Félix Lefebvre is one of the most beautiful creatures ever to walk the earth, though, so it almost balances out

  • The Scarlet Empress

    The Scarlet Empress

    ★★★★★

    Cinema is about pervert sex nightmares and stunning lighting. Dietrich and Sternberg understood this more than anyone before or after them