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  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★

    Deep breath

    Why is this film called Waves?

    What are waves if not incessant, neverending, rhythmic, and powerful? They're beautiful and dangerous. They rise and fall; only to rise once again.

    In a film about the lives of a family going through some things, we see those waves. Tyler, the eldest son and a high school senior, battles disappointment, battles his overbearing father, battles mistake after mistake. And loses.

    Emily, the younger daughter and also a teenager, has her own…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    What do you get when David Lynch directs a remake of an Ingmar Bergman film based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe? You get Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.

    This film is the strongest of testaments to Eggers’ abilities as a filmmaker and a writer. The cinematography in this film is second to none. It’s a black-and-white film, but I’ve never seen a film be this black-and-white before. And some of the shots are mind-blowing. There’s a certain monologue by Dafoe…

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  • Antiporno

    Antiporno

    ★★★★

    A beautiful critique of the studio system, but one that leaves me too often with unanswered questions.

    Antiporno is one of those movie-in-a-movie’s, and as such, Sono plays with the notion of actor vs. character, expectation vs. reality, and sexuality vs. sexualization. Moreover, the film is beautifully shot. This might be his most impressive camerawork and framing.

    But I also know that Sono has made (and even performed in) a pinku film or two himself. Does he consider himself guilty…

  • 4 Little Girls

    4 Little Girls

    ★★★★

    A truly harrowing, tearjearking documentary that tackles an event too little remembered today. Almost 60 years ago, in Birmingham, Alabama, some white supremacists bombed a church Sunday school, killing four little black girls inside.

    Lee does an admirable yet mournful task of interviewing the sisters, mothers, uncles, fathers, and classmates of those little girls. Even though the bombing occurred decades prior, you can still feel the pain and loss in the faces of the people on-screen.

    Lee interweaves their stories…

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  • Confessions

    Confessions

    ★★★★½

    Holy. Fucking. Hell. Confessions might be the most relentless film I’ve ever seen. And I’m almost through Sion Sono’s complete filmography.

    A revenge-thriller up there with Fincher’s best, with Scorsese’s best, with Villenueve’s best. I’m completely blown away. A little melodramatic at times, but otherwise, superb.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★

    You know that scene in Before Sunset when Celine and Jesse are riding together in the back of a cab, and while Jesse is monologing about something, Celine reaches out to touch his head? Her hand gets ever so close to his hair, and you can see the anxiety mixed with excitement on her face. The uncertainty of what she should do pushing against the passion of what she wants to do. But she pulls back her hand before she…