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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    A medley of side eye delivered deadpan and direct. Bonus: sound design as a joke!

  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper

    One of the best versions of The Schrader Story. One part Taxi Driver, one part Gigolo, but unique enough to make an impact. So much traveling, so many corridors, so few static stations of (the cross?) repose.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    We've all seen Pygmalion stories but *what Phantom Thread presupposes* is maybe we haven't? Kidding aside, the idea of love as masochism runs throughout PTA but making a love potion out of toxic shrooms is a new boundary crossed, like a rubber band snapped on the hand, that colors this love a self-corrective cyclical endeavor. We are to remember that marriage is an everyday affair that requires a new and continued commitment at every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The difference…

  • Bastards

    Bastards

    Stunning. As angry and bleak as 35 Rhums is full of love, a perfect b-side siren stomp.

    Furthermore, I don't know another filmmaker who thinks in images in anything close to the same way as Denis does. She has her own grammar, an inflection to admire that invites curious eyes. Every image is used for its affective weight, primarily, but she weds them to story in such a lucid way that it all accrues as steady as the ocean's tide laps up, up high.