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  • There Will Be Blood
  • The New World
  • The Devil, Probably
  • La Collectionneuse

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  • La Chinoise

    ★★★½

  • Blanche

    ★★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★½

  • The Conversation

    ★★★★½

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  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★½

    Ingenious sound design & camerawork - especially in the first half, the shots, framing, oblique angles, and score render the (otherwise hidden) interior of Harry Caul so effectively.

    Yet it’s this troubled, lonely, and guilty interior/unconscious that Harry is desperately looking to confess, whether in the confession-box itself or in the form of dream. 

    The way the only enjoyment Harry seems to get, the only time his eyes light up, is when he can discuss the instruments of his eavesdropping is…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★½

    Transcendent cinema, the sacred & internal is projected onto the skin & body of the actors. A documentary of faces, archaic faces that are untouched by post-modernity.

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Immense… Intense… Beautiful… Nuanced Critique of capitalism… Paul Dano holding his own against DDL… stages a quasi-Nietzschean struggle between knightly and priestly castes… poses an incredibly interesting ethical dilemma: is Daniel Plainview the admirable übermensch, or does the truth of this character lie in the lonely, monstrous, post-human(ity) creature that lurks in a empty mansion at the end of the film?

    What more could you want from a film?

  • Murder in the Cathedral

    Murder in the Cathedral

    ★★★

    George Hoellering was determined to turn T S Eliot’s play into film, unfortunately it doesn’t lend itself easily to visual transliteration…

    There are also some decisions that come off awkward, for instance the synchronised speech of the women of Canterbury and the four murderous knights.

    The screenplay does shine through in some moments though, Becket gives us a precise definition of Lacanian perversity as he says: “a true master is he who has become the instrument of god, who has…