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  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

  • Summer with Monika

    ★★★★½

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

  • House of Games

    ★★★½

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

    Saw this at a test screening back in August and absolutely fell in love with it. One of the warmest, most sensitive films of the last few years, and Mills’s impressionistic style has never worked better, partly because it never calls attention to itself here the way it does in Beginners and 20th Century Women (both really solid movies in their own right, of course). He’s fully convinced that if he uses a silent montage to convey narrative, you’ll still…

  • Summer with Monika

    Summer with Monika

    ★★★★½

    Decided to watch the Swedish and American cut side-by-side like an absolute madman tonight. I already detailed the biggest cuts in my previous log, but this time, I found NEW FOOTAGE Kroger Babb and his merry band of editors added in.

    The less impressive one is that they inserted a CU of a baby when Harry looks at his daughter for the first time, which undercuts Bergman’s decision to not give a face to the child.

    BUT the craziest thing…

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  • Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

    Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

    ★★★★

    The structure is a little bit frustrating (if only because it starts off chronological, then starts to go all over the place after Pet Sounds), but there’s no denying the beauty of access Brian afforded the filmmakers here, especially since you can see just how nervous he is in the first 30 minutes - clearly filmed on their first days of shooting.

    But when he’s able to open up, frequently with the assistance of music, he’s the kind of lively,…

  • Let Them All Talk

    Let Them All Talk

    ★★★★½

    Lot to unpack here and will likely need a rewatch, but my initial impression is that this is probably the second richest and most theme-driven film of Soderbergh’s post-retirement filmography behind High Flying Bird. But where that movie still had shot-on-IPhone flavor for better and worse, this has gorgeous cinematography and use of natural lighting that makes the whole thing go down smoother and likely is what makes people believe this is a lot less complex than it really is.…