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  • Sunset

    Sunset

    ★★★★

    Just as tight and claustrophobic as Son of Saul, this time in the guise of a shaggy dog mystery centering on the social cancer of the Austro-Hungarian empire and a fancy milliner's.
    Propelled forward by an absolutely magnetic, largely unspoken performance on the part of Juli Jakob and gorgeous, warm cinematography shot by Matyas Erdely.
    Brilliant stuff.

  • The Civil War

    The Civil War

    ★★★★

    At 11 hours, it's still too short. The narrative does what it can with such a broad subject area and such temporal limitations, and every aspect has been done better in the works of the writers both within (Foote on the military or Fields on Slavery), but it's still a fantastic, moving, and occasionally mordantly funny apex of the documentary form.
    I am flummoxed by the fact that somehow James McPherson who wrote arguably the best narrative of the entire…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    Ummmmm, this is spectacular?

    The production design is gorgeous at every gritty, rain-soaked turn.
    The lighting is a character unto itself. Literally.
    The sound design is amazing.
    Harrison Ford has never been better.
    Jared Leto is genuinely unnerving.
    Robin Wright is magnificent.
    Ryan Gosling takes on the perpetually-beaten gumshoe archetype like it was made for him.
    The visuals on the digital overlay sex scene alone deserve an Oscar.
    And ROGER FREAKIN DEAKINS.

    Splendiferous.

  • Ordet

    Ordet

    ½

    Why? Why did I watch this? For whatever reason I find almost all of Dreyer's films infuriating, chock full of insufferable characters with few or no redeeming characteristics- this is one of those movies. And the ending? Fuck. That. Noise. Go watch The Passion of Joan of Arc instead, THAT is a great movie.