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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★½

    THIS won the award for SCREENPLAY at Cannes?!?

    Joaquin Phoenix, ABSOLUTELY. The cinematography? Editing? Sound? Score? YES, PLEASE!

    But... THE SCREENPLAY? REALLY?!?

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    Far from my favorite Coen Brothers film, and its not able to overcome any of the problems inherent in anthology films, but overall I liked this much more than I didn't. The first segment is pretty far and away the best, but they all have tremendous cinematography from Bruno Delbonnel and a fantastic Carter Burwell score to help even the lesser stories.

    When the Coens finally just give in and make a full-fledged musical, it will very likely be their greatest work.

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  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★

    I mean... the ONLY negative I can come up with is that the plot is extremely (and I do mean EXTREMELY) paint-by-numbers.

    But everything else is so well-done and thoughtful that saying that feels churlish. As someone who adored Paddington books as a kid, I adored this almost as much, and am ashamed it took me this long to watch it.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    If Black Swan is a horror movie about the mind of a dancer, Suspiria is a horror movie about the body of a dancer. And it gets so much beautifully, painfully right about being a dancer that I'd swear that it was made by dancers.

    Yes, the climax makes almost no sense - I think I figured out what's going on, but it took half an hour of deep dive conversation afterwards to do so - but that almost doesn't matter in the face of the fantastic staging of the thing.

    And the sound mix is just ridiculously fantastic.