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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★½

    Martin Scorsese's brutal, obsessive, and finally transcendent historical epic is a tragedy transformed into a silent victory. It's as contemplative and rigorous as Ozu or Bresson, and challenges the viewer to become caught up in an internal struggle within a closed system.
    this project for decades and managing to turn the external and internal trek into a personal journey. The first Scorsese films I saw were BOXCAR BERTHA (1972) and MEAN STREETS (1973), both of which conclude with a literal…

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    Silence

    Jan 2017

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    It's a question of semantics whether Darren Aronofsky's rather daring leap into the surrealist voids of Luis Bunuel (THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL) and Jean-Luc Godard (WEEKEND) is a horror film, a serious drama, a fantasy or just a very immersive, entertaining jet black comedy. I'll go for the entertaining, jet black comedy since the film had me laughing both soft and hard, at least when my jaw wasn't dropping.

    The presence in a project of Hollywood's hugely popular female star Jennifer…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

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

    Phantom Thread floats on a wave of ambiguity. It presents itself as a series of high fashion tableaux,, inhabited by the celebrated designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day Lewis), whose very existence is made up of and defined by the creation of haute couture. It's a character study which gradually takes on the form and tone of a classic Hitchcock thriller (cf REBECCA, SUSPICION, VERTIGO) in which a seeming innocent enters into a matrix of mystery and danger. The difference is…