Jake Cole

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  • Le Amiche

    Le Amiche

    ★★★★

    The themes of Antonioni were evident before this, and The Lady Without Camelias even hints at the formal techniques that would define him, but this feels like the first certifiably 100% Antonioni film in its expert use of blocking, movement and setting to not merely convey the inner thoughts and spiritual emptiness of its bourgeois characters but even the way that architecture, décor and layout even guides our movements in modern spaces. Antonioni emerges from neorealism's interest in ruins and…

  • Love in the City

    Love in the City

    ★★★

    As a cross-section of Italy’s established and rising filmmakers, Love in the City is perhaps most revealing for what it bares of the possibilities and increasingly visible limits of the nation’s neorealism. “Paid Love,” for example, ends up speaking on behalf of its subjects, introducing them with a degree of condescension about their “sad lives” before verité interviews ask loaded questions that acknowledge the economic circumstances that drive many of the women to sex work while simplistically asking if they’d…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    The great tragedy of Kevin Feige is that, beyond raking in a mountain of cash as the head of Marvel Studios, he truly wants to be seen as an impresario of artists. The recent dust-up caused by Martin Scorsese staring holes through Disney's stunt-casting of noteworthy emerging filmmakers to lend clout to a method of filmmaking dictated by studio notes and franchise bible supervisors punctured this self-delusion and prompted a wave of pathetic self-defensiveness in which the CEO was called…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Killing yourself to own the libs.