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  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    ★★★★★

    I think this is such a majorly underrated piece of 2010s cinema. With some of Reichardt’s other work I’ve found her knocking at greatness but falling just short but Meek’s Cutoff feels like a huge accomplishment of technical beautiful and deeply human filmmaking. 
    Some of the exchanges between Williams and Greenwood are so magnetic in a fractious kind of way, always gnawing at one another but both stronger from each jibe. 
    The work Kazan achieves with her eyes alone is…

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★★½

    A really very tense and engaging anti-thriller and delves far enough into the protagonist’s personality to bring out a equally engaging drama. Scripted very tightly and performed superbly. 
    I really dug how impartially the film acts to its characters and plot. The film decides for us that there are no peramiters for what makes a good and bad person and that people cannot always necessarily be good or bad at all. 
    Very impressive.

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Every now and then a movie makes you leave the cinema feeling slightly less like yourself. Like it’s taken a little bit of you for itself. I experienced an undeniable primal reaction to this film that’s made it difficult for me to articulate why that alone makes it worthy of 5 stars. 
    The film is actually quite easy to judge on its essential make up. The performances, cinematography, sound, arch are all pieces of great craftsmanship at work. But all…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    You can’t really help concede that this is film is perfect craftsmanship. Every detail is at its peak. Shot with vibrancy that aches as much as the central duos relationship. Every opening of a door and fluffing of a dress chimes in place on the absent score. 
    Merlant and Haenel don’t put a foot wrong and are given plenty of heftily emotional scene to truly give us cause for tears. 
    Written and edited with perfect rhythm means there’s not a…