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  • Jimmy P.
  • The Servant
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  • The Last Temptation of Christ

  • The Northman

  • Fabian: Going to the Dogs

  • L.A. Confidential

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  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

    Just enough street kid look ma mixed with the transcendental script and a phenomenally tender performance from Willem to paint as pure an expression of Marty’s faith and, can’t hide it, his devotion to magic in the form of cinema tricks. It is accomplished. I don’t believe in a Christian g-d so it’s easy to watch as mythic, philosophical, abstracted; every speech is an existential moment. And faith doesn’t work without deeds, I guess, I’ll buy that, because it does…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ... Think about the staggering possibilities of the marriage of light, vibration and time. I think craft is a dangerous thing.

    —Charlie "XCX" Kaufman

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    Exuberant Panavision filmmaking, outrageous tableaux of angles all moving, a perfect blend of artifice and ontology. Somehow Elgort’s body saves his performance, even if his face doesn’t live up to its possibilities the way Mike Faist is the whole package. Rachel Zegler may get there with a meatier, less symbolic, more specific role but "I Feel Pretty" is a perfect mise of dramaturgy. You think Tony Kushner has some ideas about who’s an American? “You forGET we’re in A-MER-i-ca.” Steve’s…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    The Murakami winking is still there in certain monologs, tant pis, but Hamaguchi is very good at what he does: underplaying everything, editing as punctuation, characters smiling and actors believing it, performance/s as inherently multivalent, literally Chekov. Language as vessel for text, concept, rhythm, timing, understood across vocabularies and bodies. Weird flex but ok. Strange too to drop the “losing vision” thread dramaturgically, even if it sticks in your brain as another loss endured, lived with inside only—inside the text…