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  • Nocturama
  • Memoria
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

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  • Possession

    ★★★★½

  • The River

    ★★★★

  • Dear Evan Hansen

  • Judge Priest

    ★★★½

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  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★½

    One of the things I tend to hear from both people who love slower films and people who don't tend to connect with slower films is that these works demand a lot from the audience. That they require intense concentration, intense patience, and a strong will to get through them. I often find the exact opposite to be true. When you have a really great director at the helm who's at the height of his abilities and craftsmanship, they tend…

  • The Crowd

    The Crowd

    ★★★★★

    It feels like older films keep having to constantly prove their relevancy in a society where the goalposts for what is and isn’t deemed “dated” are constantly shifting. Silent films especially. There is so much talk right now about what Hollywood has gotten wrong that it’s unfortunately starting to seem like a great majority of people interested in movies aren’t actually interested in looking that far backyards, automatically assuming any film made before [insert arbitrary cutoff date here] is going…

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  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★½

    Emotionally naturalistic.

  • The River

    The River

    ★★★★

    Not shocking that Ray worked on this as the similarities between this story and his own Pather Panchali are pretty evident, but it’s also not shocking that Ray ended up with the stronger film. Still, the colors here are obviously gorgeous and the film’s final moments, encompassing a sort of circle of life journey, are incredibly moving and tie the entire piece together beautifully. I’d like to see more late Renoir.

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  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    ★★★★★

    Maybe I'm just a pretentious ass, but despite the all the haters I found this film to be magnificent (I'm not a pretentious ass, everyone else is just wrong). The cinematography was breathtaking and compositionally aware in a way that few films are. And of course the subject matter was so well portrayed. The entire thing felt like I was having a nightmare in which nothing happens. But the entire time there was this ever present feeling of dread, isolation…

  • The Seventh Continent

    The Seventh Continent

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes I feel like I'm in an emotionally abusive relationship with Michael Haneke.