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  • Deep Red

    Deep Red


    I’ve seen it maybe 6 times and I still retain only 4 or 5 scenes from watch to watch. What sticks, REALLY sticks (that sequence when he’s composing at his piano is absolutely stellar filmmaking) but for some reason stuff like the bird attack and pretty much every scene with Daria is just gone. I don’t get it. 

    Goblin is ridiculous.

  • We the Animals

    We the Animals


    I need to deal with spoilers precisely because they are spoilers when they shouldn’t be. 

    This is a beautiful film that stylistically mirrors its narrative choices pretty precisely, and this is a problem for me. I’ll use its style as a portal into its thematics and see if I can get at why they bother me so much. 
    It’s lovingly shot in gorgeous 16mm, much of which cautiously evokes the handheld, overwrought poetics of latter-day Malick. I know it’s easy…

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  • Annihilation



    When I am 80 and looking down death’s barrel this is the film that will comfort me. 

    I am stunned.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


    I didn’t quite settle in with the final chapter but this is otherwise impeccable fun. The brothers have never been more purely, joyfullly whimsical as they are here, with all of the mannered excess, humor, violence, and incredible craft we’ve long associated with them. It’s a treat from start to finish.