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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    A clever take on a popular sci-trope, tarnished only by its occasional lapse into incoherence. If The Prestige requires viewers to watch closely, then in Nolan’s latest cinematic jigsaw puzzle it pays to listen attentively. Imagine Inception but with twice the number of expositions. Almost every line of dialogue seems to be some sort of explanation for time inversion and entropy. But despite the over abundance of info dumps and cryptic jargon, the film never feels like a slog. On…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★½

    The cinematic equivalent of a WWI themed first-person shooter. While a technical marvel at a glance, overall this is simply shallow escapism to me. Remove the tracking shot gimmick and you’re left with the blandest war narrative of a bland soldier who has the thickest of plot armors. Nobody can be that good at dodging bullets. The film can be best described as a string of flashy set-pieces interspersed with bits of flavor dialogue. It almost follows the same blueprint…

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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★★

    Shane Carruth’s alluring Upstream Color is Invasion of the Body Snatchers for the art house crowd, with hogs replacing pods and identity crisis substituting for McCarthyism. That may be an awfully crude comparison but it’s the overall gist I got as I watched this beguiling, beautiful film. One thing’s for sure, the plot’s mind-control science fiction aspect plays only second fiddle to the transcendent yet universal overarching theme of emotional resonance in people in the vein of Henry David Thoreau’s…

  • Alps

    Alps

    ★★★★

    There is an unassuming moment in Alps, the latest offbeat puzzler by absurdist Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos, when the plot’s obscurity reaches its zenith, delineating that the story has taken a sudden dark, awkwardly humorous turn into surreal, Luis Buñuelian territory. A somber hospital nurse, played exceptionally well by Lanthimos’ muse Aggeliki Papoulia, brings bad tidings to a couple, reporting that their sixteen year old daughter has succumbed to her fatal car crash injuries and passed away. The couple sits…