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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread


    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…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049


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

    This is the first time I've revisited a new film in its theatrical run in over 20 years, and it was really worth it. I saw it a second time in 2.35:1 Standard which really fully illustrated Roger Deakins' intricate compositions and muralist approach. The soundscape seems much more layered and articulated in its mix of electronica, symphonic (Prokofiev!) and popular when it's not blasted through the IMAX system.

    Compared to BLADE RUNNER (1982) this has more of a Trance…

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  • 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…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon


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

    "Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world."

    Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

    Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, is a European born film director who finds himself washed up on the shores of Hollywood attempting to make Art-genre films. DRIVE was an Art-action film. ONLY GOD FORGIVES was an Art-martial arts epic with a depraved family at its molten core. THE NEON DEMON, his controversial…