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  • Moving
  • Savage Nights
  • Two in the Shadow
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  • The Green Knight

    ★★★

  • Slack Bay

    ★★★½

  • Li'l Quinquin

    ★★★

  • Hadewijch

    ★★★½

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★

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

    "A Filmed Adaptation of a Chivalric Romance by Anonymous," though as many have observed, Dev Patel's Gawain isn't exactly chivalrous, and this is a rather cold and desolate for a romance, a winter's tale if you will. The choice to intercut Arthur's speech with Morgan le Fay's ritual summoning—something like Welles' expansion of the witches' role at the head of Macbeth, also a deviation from the source material—does two main things. It immediately links storytelling with magic (as do the…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★

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

    The governing logic is that of a locked-room murder mystery: each adult is essentially handed a character card ("Please state your name and occupation"), typed with specific skills and personalities (god-complex surgeon, cowardly actuary, etc), and given secrets that are parceled out across the runtime. Accordingly, the dialogue is expository and relentlessly explanatory, so any complaints about it are fundamentally complaints about the convention—which one can of course still reject, though one ought to be absolutely clear about doing so.…

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  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★½

    Man, do you wanna watch Primer? I haven't seen it since later this afternoon.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    For a film that’s predicated on gradual seduction and about looking/painting as a conduit for or expression of love, this opts for some rather unproductive presentations of time. The sense of daily ritual is poorly evoked: scenes are given just enough narrative information so we get a sense of the plot, but there’s no feel for duration, or a sense of deepening interplay between the characters beyond what is required to signal such developments. The fireside scene should be a…