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  • Nomadland


    The movie aims for a documentary style and represents itself as a hybrid feature; the narrative following Frances McDormand's character Fern has the actress playing scenes alongside an ensemble of nonprofessionals. Some of them share stories of loss and struggle in extreme close-ups that do not feature McDormand, suggesting that her opposite reaction shots have been filmed separately and spliced together with the monologues. As well, the non-monologue scenes present themselves as self-conscious displays of spontaneity: every interaction between characters…

  • Tenet


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

    The point in Tenet where your brain gives up trying to understand the plot or decipher dialogue (muddied through a combination of oxygen mask/various accents/backward speech) and just revels in the lunacy of it all is not altogether unsatisfying.

    There are a lot of individual Nolan-isms that resurface here in exaggerated ways. Favorites: the sixty lines of dialogue taken to establish minor plot business like the art forgery ruse; the terrible clock management in the finale resurfacing from the climax…