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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    The films of Luca Guadagnino are a feast for all senses. His films I Am Love, and A Bigger Splash have maintained that kind of distinct quality of being mysterious, sophisticated yet at the same time, completely approachable in its privileged characters. Guadagnino’s films are able to quietly and slowly seduce, tempt, and haunt audiences with his elaborate presentation of bodies, architecture, poetry, music, and yes, food. These ’other’ presentations give way to what his narratives chose not to give.…

  • The Ornithologist

    The Ornithologist

    ★★½

    A solitary ornithologist gets swept away by the rapids and ends up plunging to the mysteries of the forest. In Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ surrealist drama The Ornithologist, the director doesn’t aim for his audience rather a metaphysical tableau that somehow feels impenetrable. Reminiscent of Carlos Reygadas and Apichatpong Weeresethakul’s films—Rodrigues work seems to be in tuned with same themes of these directors and I admire that sense of vision. But as a film, I didn’t really understand the point of…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★

    Ruben Östlund's sophisticated, wickedly funny, and intriguing dissection of masculinity, gender roles, marriage, and relationships is irresistibly alive, uncomfortable, yet absolutely clever. Östlund's psychodrama follows a couple and their kids in a ski vacation somewhere in France, but the couple's relationship is severely tested by an avalanche that will trigger their inner demons, as well examine their moral dilemmas.

    It's like Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with special participation of Haneke's cold precision. Ostlund…