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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★

  • Original Cast Album: Company

    ★★★★

  • The Haunting of Bly Manor

    ★★½

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

    A pretty economical adaptation that clocks under two hours and moves swiftly; even with cuts, though, it doesn’t feel like anything is missing. Treats the play’s setting as a dark fantastic realm only connected to reality by some loose thread or tunnel, which is appropriate for a play that so deliberately invokes rational causes only to upset them, preferring to blame the cruelty of the world on some mystical, purposeless machinations of a nonhuman “fate.” The production design is inspired…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★

    i dunno if I’m becoming a softy (i cried at the french dispatch lol) but the ending of this film was deeply moving, a sucker punch of performance and careful plotting

    I love the original adaptation with Tyrone Power, and there’s a few things it does better (the shimmering light during the séance, for instance). But this version excelled at developing the psychologist femme fatale, and added some grotesquerie and sexuality that the original didn’t touch or only hinted at.…

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  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Céline and Julie Go Boating

    ★★★★½

    it’s enigmatic and playful, somewhat meta and boundary breaking

    plot description is tough: two women who seem to be telepathically linked begin to experience shared hallucinations of a staid bourgeois murder mystery?

    but these two women meet for the first time and also seem to be great friends, or grow to be such, and sometimes one pretends to be the other, and their anarchic performances in the real and dreamworld seem to have an effect on “reality” even though the…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★

    Haneke on the Criterion special features says the only two films that properly depict sexuality are Salo and In the Realm of the Senses

    I cackled at that. It really says all you need to know about this film