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  • Rosa la Rose, Public Girl
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Once Upon a Time in the West

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  • The Cremator

    ★★★½

  • Christine

    ★★★½

  • The Chess Game of the Wind

    ★★★½

  • The East

    ★★★

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  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    I'm just totally on Carax's wavelength with this one. I could easily see this being one of those "I appreciated what it was doing, but I didn't really enjoy it" experiences for a lot of people, but it luckily checks both boxes for me. In the moment, it's intoxicating and invigorating in a way that you rarely see from modern cinema, but in retrospect, it's even more incredible for how miraculously Carax balances the tonal shifts and surreal elements within…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★½

    I love the formalism: gorgeous cinematography and art direction which makes it the first film I've seen in a couple years which I genuinely think exponentially benefits from being seen on a big screen; incredible score which amplifies the film's already prominent atmosphere; deliberate pacing which demands a lot of patience from the viewer, but is rhythmic and hypnotic in a way that took me by surprise. Where the film sadly falls short for me is the content. The lengthy…

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  • The Cremator

    The Cremator

    ★★★½

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

    Spent the first hour itching for the inevitable homicidal turn, but oddly enough, when it finally came, I found it less interesting. It's still bleakly hilarious, but his sinister smile and reactions are even more amusing before the grim subtext rises to the forefront and makes his madness less abstract. This sounds critical, but I mostly enjoyed this, even if it doesn't live up to the promise of the truly magnificent opening minutes. The editing is the major highlight for…

  • Christine

    Christine

    ★★★½

    Neither my favorite Carpenter film, nor my favorite King adaptation, but not a far cry from either. Oddly enough, Carpenter's hired gun effort dazzles me more than many of his passion projects, though his sensibilities are unmistakably present here. It's not particularly scary, but for a movie that plays a ridiculously absurd premise fairly straight, it has some incredibly tense sequences, mostly due to Morgan's stunning cinematography. What's really surprising is that, even stripped of the horror elements, it works…

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★½

    Starts off strong, effectively creating tension through fantastic cinematography and notably sharp editing/pacing, but once the table has been properly set, it's a gradual nosedive to the perplexing finale. The acting is undeniably committed and the child actors are pitch-perfect, but the exaggerated, go-for-broke lead performances teeter into overkill and would have been more effective if reigned in a bit. Also, the frequent attempts at humor, though sometimes successful, completely undercut the unnerving tone. It felt like Peele wasn't confident…

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★½

    Jarmusch's work occasionally falls flat for me but with The Dead Don’t Die, he goes beyond anti-comedy and anti-horror, essentially creating an anti-film so lazy and uninspired—the cop car's number is “001”—it’s as if complete apathy is his entire approach. Some may be charmed by the lack of style, substance, character development, purpose, and, well, anything to really latch onto, but to me, Jarmusch's refusal to commit to anything is maddening. The social commentary is so thin, it almost feels…