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  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    ★★★★½

    Now this is a documentary that simply observes.

  • The Crash Reel

    The Crash Reel

    ★★★½

    As someone who has spent a lot of time in extreme sports (freestyle skiing) and has had friends meet the same fate as Kevin Pearce and worse, this hits pretty close to home. It really is a sort of negative feedback loop of making it more extreme, more dangerous and more risky. But something the film addresses on several occasions, but ultimately fails to analyze on any deeper level than a passing mention, is that urge, that feeling you get…

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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    The unbearable lightness of seeming. At its core channeling the Sartrean spirit, Bergman concerns himself here with the problem of good faith, perhaps the most quintessential and tangible existentialist issue. Meanwhile the audience is consequently reminded to direct the questions posed by the film at the film itself. This is post-film in 1966. The structure of the film itself might be Bergman at his most purely crystallized, with an intent clear and cold as ice. But I still can't call it my favorite Bergman film.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    Guadagnino shows himself as a truly bold filmmaker and storyteller, which those of us that have seen his previous films are already well aware of. For me there is a certain je ne sais quoi that makes Guadagnino recognizable as a driving force of both A Bigger Splash — the only other film I’ve seen by the director — and Call Me By Your Name. Most obviously, Guadagnino’s approach to any underlying issue, is always strangely subtle, but also strangely…