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  • Almost Famous
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Nashville
  • The Last Temptation of Christ

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  • My Dinner with Andre

    ★★½

  • White Squall

    ★★½

  • Short Cuts

    ★★★★

  • The Field

    ★★½

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  • White Squall

    White Squall

    ★★½

    It's a precise (almost clinical) riff on Dead Poets Society and others like it, but lacks the same level of heart until the end when it's too late to be invested. It works anyway because Ridley Scott makes anything watchable and the tropes are pretty foolproof.

    It sucks that we could have a much more insightful version of this today with a sharper sense of class and more nuanced sense of masculinity - but that version would also be color graded, composited, and CGI'd out the wazoo until there was nothing tactile left to look at.

  • The Field

    The Field

    ★★½

    Great performance from Harris in a shoddy adaptation unworthy of it.

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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★★★★

    The Red Turtle wrecked me.

    I didn't know what to expect, but still I wasn't prepared.* It's a charming movie, but also a brutal one. It's a quiet movie but has so much to say.

    It's a meditation on survival and solitude, yes, but it's an exploration of our need for connection and the ways survival might look different from what we expect. We survive through legacy and offspring as much as we do through our own years. And what…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★½

    There's so much I love here. The gradual, imperceptible transition from tragicomic royal court farce to melodramatic character study is gripping.

    The sets and costumes craft a whole world that sucks you in, even though the black and white palette is actively lying to you about the role proper perspective plays in Queen Anne's court: nothing is ever black and white.

    And on a second viewing even the more alienating wide angle shots feel integrated and absorbing, creating an exaggerated…