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  • The Valley of the Bees
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Come and See
  • Muriel, or the Time of Return

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  • Dune

    Dune

    Yeah I’m out on anything unrelated to Carlo Rambaldi.

  • The Valley of the Bees

    The Valley of the Bees

    Everybody’s dirty all the time, even when they’re clean, hands sooty, hair greasy, weighed down by fabrics and chainmail. All the metal looks used. Hard to make petulance compelling over 90ish minutes when it’s not played for laughs, but the camera is always interesting. Always doing composition and story at the same time. And the period is so well wrought you forget about it, you’re just transported there like a magic trick inked in black and white—harsh whites. Readymade legible…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    Volcanic slipperiness across anamorphic tableaux, somehow new age-y, a lot of inside-out thinking, boundaries, pointedly addicted to its own supply of crazy. One-ups PTA on borrowing from Altman by using the old man's audio layering ideas to build a cacophonic world. Khondji is a master at making it look like there weren't actual lights; no idea how they kept anamorphic lenses in focus on the steadicam so well. Still, less about "images" so much as composition and energy. All the…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    August and hilarious, front-loaded with laughs despite the nursing home brackets, you may not need the film but it is as worthy an old man picture as any heretofore. The highway of the mind is mapped and abandoned. There’s talk of going from A to B but from the first the path is associative, a Texaco triggering memories. The idea of the past more than the actual past; history is theater. A hand broken, a gut punched. Stolen steaks engineer…