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  • The Mahabharata

    The Mahabharata


    Not literature, not drama, not cinema, not television, yet somehow all four. Epic in every sense of the word.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


    I think we can now dispense with the common notion that the Coens are primarily comedians. (This is understandable, since their films are very funny.) As members of that rank of geniuses who create worlds for themselves that have a distinct life of their own, obviously different from the actual world we know, yet animated by the deepest and most familiar human questioning, they may have finally reached a point where their vision must expand, or at least change, in…

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  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak

    Old fashioned spook tale ("Not a ghost story," as one character explains, "but a story with ghosts in it") which begins somewhere in the neighborhood of the sisters Bronte but winds up nearer to the grindhouse. Del Toro dispels any whiff of Jamesian ambiguity by having the first apparition come into view screaming and dripping with gore within minutes of the opening titles, and continues applying similar shock treatment every time the story begins to lull. Those who have drifted…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    The title is a fairly accurate summary of how the film works on the viewer; it jangles the nerves and holds you in a state of queasy suspense. One can easily conceive of alternate versions of the same storyline played for laughs, romance, or something else. But Glazer, vying for a seat at the table of Kubrick and Cronenberg, adopts a fashionably scornful view of humanity, a perspective bolstered by pristine, eerily vacant descriptions of Glasgow and an aggressively dissonant…