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  • Le dormeur

    Le dormeur

    A one-reel long take that, according to one of my fellow #SCMS17 panel presenters, still reflects or implies classical continuity editing despite featuring no cuts. Birdman wishes it were as impressive as these 8+ minutes.

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Right before they go to bed together more than halfway through the film, Jeff is in the bathroom, shirtless, and makes a Tarzan chest-banging gesture before Kate escorts him to the bedroom. What follows is a failure on Jeff's part—not a sexual one per se, but an erotic one. As things are progressing, better than either one of them had expected, Kate has to tell him to open his eyes. No sooner are his eyelids open than his heightening desire…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Okay, I just realized why this movie bummed me out so hard: it ends with Anton Yelchin alive and the neo-Nazis defeated, exactly how 2016 does not end.

  • How Green Was My Valley

    How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★★★

    There are films, and then there is How Green Was My Valley. It is, for me, the standard. I have never been so affected by a film as this one, so chock-full it is of joy and heartbreak of the most real kinds. The film finds and allows those moments of feeling to happen, putting them on screen fearlessly and powerfully. Sentimentality be damned, these are people and this is a world and these are events and moments and relations…