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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    Too many moments of pure cinema to give it any less than four stars, none of which I’ll reference here because it’s about the little surprise of seeing magic unfold before your eyes. Those calling it poverty porn don’t seem to know the meaning of the phrase. 

    But the ending, while I totally understand what it is going for intellectually, left me feeling like the film tripped over its own feet in its final, crucial moments. 

    But still quite a pleasure to watch. Better than American Honey.

  • Wheelman

    Wheelman

    ★★★½

    I clapped twice in the first few minutes. Great to see a long first shot with style that tells you how to watch the film, great to see that contrasted with a fast-edited sequence that packs extra punch due to the slower start, and great to see Garrett Dillahunt’s name in the credits.

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Of course this film requires two viewings, but I hadn't realized just how much deeper I would experience the film a second time. The first time through, "The Tree of Life" seemed merely like a beautiful surface of jumbled memories and moments, the long childhood sequence the most (perhaps only) substantial part. The second time through, I see how simple the film's ideas are, and how profoundly, almost magically they are conveyed to the audience. I will speak about God…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★½

    In the coming weeks it will be fascinating to read all the posts and articles about the exceptional stitching on the emperor's new clothes.

    I haven't read the novel, but I've read The Crying of Lot 49 and it feels like Anderson simply transcribed Pynchon's novel onto the screen. A laudable idea, except Anderson fails to translate the written word into cinematic language.

    The exposition is the biggest stumbling block with this tactic. The film is primarily exposition. As in,…