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  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    ★★★★

    The Dardenne brothers tell this emotionally wrenching story with a grounded frankness. I thought of Ken Loach, but they imbue a distinctively lesser degree of didactic emotion. Marion Cotillard is as stellar as I've ever seen her, and that's important because the nuance of these interactions with her co-workers - one of the cruxes of this tale - is so compelling, and she executes it perfectly.

    But to me, the underlying brutality of her depression, that exhausting, draining emotional and…

  • So Pretty

    So Pretty

    ★★★★

    I wondered at the Choreographer credit, but that quickly made sense as this film unfurled its beautiful dance. With pacing that I can only describe as "a long luxurious stretch", and with music gushing with an ethereal nostalgic feeling, and with a purposefully intangible plot, this plays like a very good dream and wonderfully manifests Jessica Dunn Rovinelli's vision of a "Utopia set within the here and now", presenting an intimate and tender optimism I certainly would love to hold on to.

    "And when the prince danced with the coachman, they were so pretty that the whole court swooned." A utopian film.

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  • One of Us

    One of Us

    ★★★★

    Having been raised in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn, this definitely cuts deep.

    I know many within the community who will indignantly counter much of the narrative with their own contrasting experience, and who would argue against broad sweeping generalizations that blanket all of the myriad Hasidic sects across Brooklyn and beyond with a sinister brush.

    On the other hand, I know so many who after watching this, cried over the similarities to their own painful experience.

    My personal opinion…

  • Coming Out

    Coming Out

    ★★★★

    This is an excellent piece of queer cinema. And of cinema cinema for that matter!

    I was lucky enough to be in Amsterdam, and lucky enough to get wind of Jeffery Babcock's Underground Cinema's and found out there was a screening of Coming Out at the Goeth Institute.

    It was a really nice event. Jeffery gave a really interesting history behind the DEFA studio in East Germany, and Dirk Kummer, which provided great context for the film.

    It's raw, devastating,…