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  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

    ★★★★

    Don’t even know where to start with this. Horse Money sometimes felt thrillingly like solving a code without a map but this feels far more vertiginous.

    It asks complete devotion to its stillness and surrealist social realism even as it rarely lets the darkness escape.

  • The Wild Goose Lake

    The Wild Goose Lake

    ★★★½

    Feels a bit To-lite at times but there’s style to burn from the way Dinan finds plenty of room for dark comedy in the graphic violence to his rhythm which more than a little bit evoked the jarring movements of Branded To Kill (Particularly the scene in the hideout that plays with newspaper clippings). 

    Think this loses its way in the elliptical structure despite how much it has noir’s wonderful feel of artificial elongation. Dinan’s story has complicated parties but…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    Absolutely not. 

    Only aggressively terrible for about five minutes but aggressively dull for the rest of the time.

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★½

    “It’s your eyes that have changed; the films have stayed the same.”

    It  feels equally animated and hamstrung by its leisurely, slice of life pacing but there’s sequences here that rank among the best I’ve seen from his career. Especially the Federico scenes.

    And the more I think about it, the more I like how much the things that lead up to a climax are so casually incidental as if they’re buried epiphanies.