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  • Zero for Conduct

    Zero for Conduct

    ★★★★

    Charming and light compared to the many works it would inspire Zero for Conduct is a short anarchistic view into a broken educational system with a purely joyous and beautifully captured climax. The cinematography is great often making use of some unconventional camera angles. At 44 minutes I can't think of a reason not to recommend this even to those who have an aversion to older films.

    Absolutely recommend.

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★★

    A near perfect send off to Robert Redford who gives a charming performance as the warmest bank robber ever filmed. Not to mention his brothers in arms Tom Waits and Danny Glover all together making the most root worthy group of thieves since Oceans 11.

    Slow yet engaging and bursting with life in spite of its muted palette the film revels in the leads persona, at times threatening to overtake the "based on a true story" narrative. Sort of like…

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  • Shivers

    Shivers

    ★★★

    Shivers is essentially Cronenburg version of a zombie film where parasites transmitted through sex or kissing turn their hosts into horny ghouls. He has always had the ability to revolt and intrigue with his depictions of the human body and that is very much true in his first commercial feature. Scenes of bulging masses, sexual perversions and an unflinching murder suicide that kicks it all off created a real sense of unease but could also be darkly comedic. I think…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    Screened at the Cinedome featuring a Q&A with Robert Eggers and Willem Dafoe.

    Still trying to comprehend exactly what I just saw but what I do know is that I fully enjoyed the experience. I really can't believe Eggers had the courage to do this on his sophomore effort. One of the most uncrompromising artistic visions I've seen this year, maybe this decade. It drags a bit in the first act but that may be a deliberate choice, making one…