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  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    ★★★★½

    ADVENTURES IN SIGHT & SOUND BOX-CHECKING #62

    You people had me thinking this was going to be a love story! It's not a love story, neither in a structural sense, nor in the literal sense of being "about love."

    On the latter point: it seems clear to me that what Laura and Alec have is an infatuation, a violent emotional connection punctuated by even more violent lust, which they call "love" simply because there wasn't another word for it in the…

  • Rome, Open City

    Rome, Open City

    ★★★★★

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

    ADVENTURES IN SIGHT & SOUND BOX-CHECKING #61

    There are many, many things to talk about here. I want to talk about the lesbians.

    When you look up the history of queer film, you come across something of a travel guide to the most relevant landmarks: there's Different from the Others and Michael headlining the silent era, then Mädchen in Uniform in the 1930s, then the assorted works of Kenneth Anger and Andy Warhol pervading most of the '50s and '60s, then…

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Oh my god. How is this movie real. How is Joaquin Phoenix's performance real. How is Hoyte van Hoytema's cinematography real. How does it all hold up so well after three viewings. How did Spike Jonze not get nominated for Best Director. How.

    I love Her so much it hurts

  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★½

    A film whose seemingly muted tone hides layers upon layers of humor, sadness, fragility and beauty. It looks like it's just going to pass by, and then sweeps you up.