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  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    ★★★★★

    I wanted every person that has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they were on that stage.

    I’ll cut to the chase straight away: Beyoncé’s Homecoming is the greatest live long-form musical performance of all time. Premiering on the Coachella main stage after eight cumulative months of rigorous physical, vocal, and technical rehearsal, celebrating her illustrious twenty-two year (and counting) career, every single aspect of it is objectively perfect: from the staging to the…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★½

    Why don’t you ever take me in your arms?

    The banality and brutality of space have been studied in countless artworks, but I can’t think of a single one that plays quite like High Life. Claire Denis’ first English language feature is a meditatively fucked up, non-linear trek through the void, continuously hurtling towards a promised death for all the caged animals aboard. It’s near impossible to say much of anything substantial about it after your first viewing, as it…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    I am she.

    Guadagnino's rebirthing of Suspiria is not only sumptuous on every optic level (the plain that, as much as I adore it, Argento's lives and dies on), but cerebrally too. There's an almost unfathomable amount to digest here—dance coalescing with guilt, trauma, shame and swirling into the divine matriarchy—one knows immediately upon exiting the theatre that they need to see what they just saw again (and again and again).

    Dakota Johnson (who I've grown to adore as an…

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    Have you counted the stars in the sky?

    This is a dream. Breathlessly evocative, sensorial beyond belief—a technical marvel that stuns and soothes in near equal measure.

    The utter mastery on display, courtesy of director/writer Bi Gan, reaches such overwhelmingly beautiful heights, it borders on insanity. There’s a cavalcade of filmmakers that come to mind here, but none more, for me, than Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Much like his similarly transcendent Uncle Boonmee, Long Day’s Journey into Night tenderly sways through mornings…