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  • Code Unknown

    Code Unknown

    ★★★★½

    My second go-round with this staggering work by Haneke. The fragmentation of stories of people's lives that weave in and out of one another's, with varying degrees of subtlety. Quite effective this second viewing and the first time I watched it was several years ago, nearly a decade if I had to guess, and this time I was quite blown away. I think it may be a bit loud with it's message at timea, but it needs to be heard, and some are harder of hearing than others and so I applaud Haneke for his efforts and powerful storytelling.

  • The Castle

    The Castle

    ★★★

    Haneke adapts an unfinished Kafka, and as such, the film is inherently unfinished. It's good, and Haneke seems very passionate about adapting this incomplete work, but one go only go so far in doing so, and perhaps that's the point. The film itself is alright but ultimately feels as if it amounts to nothing by the end. Just when I was finally settling in to the world and its inhabitants, the credits began abruptly and reminded of the lack of…

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    One of the finest films of 2018. An utter punch to the gut that a soul like his vanished so suddenly. An artist whom inspires with only a single feature under his belt.

    Hu Bo will never leave my mind. Such a shame he ended it all. As Bela Tarr said in a letter he wrote on Hu Bo, he wishes someone could've protected him.

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    The aforementioned Béla Tarr, whom wrote this letter to an…

  • The Disciple

    The Disciple

    ★★★★★

    The Disciple (2020)

    dir. Chaitanya Tamhane

    Country: India

    ** This film is screening as part of the 58th New York Film Festival. **

    Six eagerly awaited years after his stunning directorial debut, Court, Chaitanya Tamhane has followed up with something that truly builds upon everything that made his first work great and presents us with something truly extraordinary with this year's festival darling, The Disciple. Does it live up to the buzz surrounding it? Oh, absolutely! I am seriously considering…