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  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Pigs
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • The Gleaners and I

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  • Heathers

    ★★★★

  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    ★★★

  • Of Time and the City

    ★★★★½

  • Le Bonheur

    ★★★★½

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  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Nothing has changed.
    But you have.

    Six years since I saw this. A lifetime ago. It feels like yesterday. A different film this time. That's part of the point. Its twists less a coup than clues undeciphered. We are beholden to our prejudiced perspectives, in cinema as much as in life. The past behind, the future before. All at a remove, lives glanced in a glass. We want to go back and can't wait to get away. A relationship, a…

  • Stranger by the Lake

    Stranger by the Lake

    ★★★★½

    Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"

    What curious creatures we humans are, with the intelligence to understand our animalistic urges yet not the inhibitions to overcome them. Fatty food, we understand, tastes good to trick us into eating it aplenty. So it is with sex, procreation and pleasure inherently intertwined, evolutionary urges linking lust and love under the auspices of attraction. Stranger by the Lake is a microcosmic masterpiece, its streamlined screenplay and sole setting condensing these…

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  • Rue Daguerre in 2005

    Rue Daguerre in 2005

    ★★★½

    Boundless curiosity for the world around of course brings Varda back to Rue Daguerre. Captures in its simple check-ins with the fate of her (thirty years!) earlier Daguerréotypes' locations a sense of a community and a cinema in flux, as well as ideas of aging and loss—her wheelhouse, in a word. essential fare for fans.

  • Keyboard Fantasies

    Keyboard Fantasies

    ★★★★

    Not me weeping through the credits at the sheer sense of decency here. A beautiful chronicle of fumbling your way to finding yourself, and of having the good grace to stay on and help others do the same. The pitch-perfect final stretch is just gorgeous in its sense of a shared experience stretched across the decades, of Copeland's kindness in the face of the world's ferocious animosity. And the music, which I've not been able to stop listening to since first seeing this two years ago, is GREAT.

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  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★½

    Certain films you love because they touch you personally. Others you love because they tell a story so gripping you feel part of it yourself. Some you love for their part in shaping you as a cinephile, even as a person. Then there are the handful of films you love simply because you must love: because they represent so bold an authorial vision, so striking a view of the world, so wholly unique a perspective on life through cinema, that…

  • The Big Shave

    The Big Shave

    ★★★★

    Dear Diary,

    Today I showed The Big Shave as part of a presentation on Scorsese, to demonstrate the early emergence of stylistic and visceral tendencies in his direction. A grown man shrieked a bit. Twice. It was the best day ever.