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  • Toute une nuit

  • Toute une nuit

  • The Skin I Live In

    ★★★★½

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

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  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    FANTHOLOGY. To celebrate the streaming debut of this singular film, during February on Criterion Channel, I have compiled snippets from favorite reviews by fellow Letterboxd members. Click boldface text to link to the original reviews.

    Jacob Husband
    David Lynch cranked to 11...thousand...

    David Ehrlich
    ... a *50-minute long [3D] take* that I still can't believe actually exists

    David Sims
    ... enthrallingly boring, hypnotically oblique

    Robert Reineke
    Call me a sucker, but I can drift in the twilight between memory, dreams,…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Review of Criterion Collection Bonus Features. I watch and review for the eighth time (or ninth, counting an audio-only watch), assessing the bonus features included in the Criterion Collection release.

    tl;dr The quality of image and sound is so stunning, this was easily my most exciting rewatch to date. And the Criterion extras will deepen your appreciation while satisfying your fandom. Some notes:

    The 4K master is beautiful and luminous. Details of texture and light—of surface, fabric, and skin—all contribute…

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  • Toute une nuit

    Toute une nuit

    Like most Akerman films, this required an instant rewatch. Likewise, like most Akerman films, Toute une nuit defies rating because it is pretty much perfect for what Akerman sets out to do. Also, because Akerman is really best appreciated for the totality of her oeuvre—her themes and techniques are consistent throughout her films yet endlessly variable and intriguing. And because, more than any other director in my scope of knowledge, Akerman is an either-you-get-her-or-you-don't director. Those who get her are…

  • Toute une nuit

    Toute une nuit

    First watch. Impressions to follow after rewatching.

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  • Daisies

    Daisies

    ★★★★★

    "Dedicated to all those whose sole source of indignation is a trampled-on trifle."

    Zazie has grown up, corrupted Madeline, and become an anarchist. The result is the mother of all fuck-the-patriarchy cinematic manifestos. Also direct forebear of Céline and Julie Go Boating. Delightful and horrifying.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

    A marvel to watch ... a chore to follow. Charming enough with some terrific moments taken individually, but overall Wes Anderson's visual world-building outpaced his narrative world-building. I found myself wishing Anderson would get hired as art director on someone else's project. The framing scenes were terrific, especially the intro with Owen Wilson as a bicycling reporter engaging in jaded banter with editor-in-chief Bill Murray. But the three entrées or vignettes were rather too caper-ish to convey a New Yorker…