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  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    ★★★★★

    I’d like to see Letterboxd try to pull THIS page down.

  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★★½

    It seems foolish to label any of Korine's films as his masterpiece, or even as Peak Korine. Each one's operating principle is to string a taut line between how seriously Korine regards his characters, and how aggressively he dares us to dismiss them; one's mileage is usually in finding pleasure at one end of the rope, and/or by reveling in its tension. What I will say of The Beach Bum - which essentially transfers the rambling autohagiography of your everyday…

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    I don't want to give a star rating just yet (11/26: disregard), and I definitely don't want to say anything revealing until people get a chance to see it. But wherever you stood in the Great PTA Twitter Battle earlier this week is almost definitely where you'll remain after this gorgeous, slightly unhinged, idiosyncratic-yet-unprecedented entry in his catalog.

    Pretty sure it's no secret I'm in the "there's literally no argument - he's the goddamn greatest" camp.

    11/27: I can't stop…

  • First Man

    First Man

    I hated so many things about this, but I feel I should at least commend the general aesthetic chaos of the flight sequences: a mostly impressionistic series of underlit handheld closeups which highlights the physical toll on the human body, and also the fact that this technology - while being at the forefront of human achievement - never seems to be quite as secure as one would hope.

    Having said that, the motif wears out almost immediately because Chazelle shoots…