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  • Land of Silence and Darkness

    Land of Silence and Darkness

    ★★★★

    A poignant and sobering reminder of how lucky we all are to be able to write our thoughts about cinema on Letterboxd. Mostly avoids coming across as remotely preachy or soapy, as Herzog's one-of-a-kind style works marvelously with the heavy-as-it-gets subject matter.

    (I found the Vladimir Kokol segment the most moving of them all: No idea if I'm right but my gut tells me that that's a bit of an anomaly...and anyway, it's not like I was emotionally withdrawn from the remainder of the characters.)

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  • Un Flic

    Un Flic

    ★★★

    Happy to report that I've now completed Melville's filmography, save for a few obscure entries I'd never even heard of until I double-checked his oeuvre for accuracy w/r/t this post. (I'll try to track them down, I suppose, since I'm a compulsive completist who gets a thrill up his leg at seeing that magical "100%" number.) Anyway, this was Melville's swan song and that's exactly what it feels like—it's distinctly him, exacting and meticulously constructed; the extended train/helicopter sequence and…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I'd originally planned to write a lengthy essay on this, probably my favorite film of the decade (only Margaret is otherwise in contention) and absolutely the most personally meaningful, for my dad's soon-to-be-defunct poetry magazine Parnassus, but life got in the way—I switched companies just as the deadline was approaching and simply didn't have the hours in the day to write a 4,000 word piece with the proper checks and drafts to do my father proud. I did, however, begin

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    A movie too perfect and beautiful, too me, to really write much about...so full of glorious minutiae and intricacies, so easily paced that its massive power is almost impossible to comprehend in its entirety during an initial viewing. And while Elio and Oliver's connection/love is impeccably (and exceedingly delicately) portrayed, the father/mother/son dynamic between Elio and his parents might be even more exceptional...rarely have I felt my soul so firmly, magically intertwined with an onscreen relationship like I did here.…