• Mister Designer

    Mister Designer

    ★★★★★

    A phantasmagorical journey into dreams and nightmares. A film of enigma and sublime transcendence. Cinematography and sets: exquisite; lush colors. Nearly every frame, a canvas of artistic masterpiece. The epitome of a film where the soundtrack (here by the avant-garde genius, Sergei Kuryokhin) is not a mere supplement but is essential and fundamental in the film's complex design.
    My favorite formula in film: watch it over and and over and keep noticing nuances, clues, meanings and mysteries. A film that transcends movie-watching. A film gives food for thought and interpretation.

  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    ★★

    Well shot and for the most part well acted. Unfurls under the guise of being conceptually deep, yet is purely tangled and convoluted, resulting in wholly pretentious drivel. The denouement is particularly cheap.
    Provides a couple of moments that are truly frightening.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Well, looks like someone really wants to be another Quentin T. Even though it has it's weak spots, this one is quite an impressive endeavor. Makes some stupendously dull and inadequate actors actually digestible.
    Am dazzled by the gifted Cynthia Erivo. Serves as a sample of the superb talent of Jeff Bridges, poetically understated, yet heartfelt and sharp.

  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★★

    The quintessential near-faultless noir on a shoestring budget.
    Allen Baron has the perfect looks for the role; two parts De Niro, one part Lino Ventura, with a twist of George C. Scott.
    Stinging shots of New York City scattered throughout. Stark and searing narration with smooth and immaculate writing by the legendary Waldo Salt.
    A film of bleak desperation and anguished loneliness.

  • Nightcap

    Nightcap

    ★★★★

    No one like Chabrol can pique our curiosity so subliminally and keep us fixed to the screen so mysteriously. This is a film that wields its music so deftly; each accompaniment parallels every scene and the entire storyline. All details are placed intentionally. Many shots have underlying meaning.

    As in many of her other endeavors, the film pivots directly on Isabelle Huppert's sublime performance.

  • Forgotten Tune for the Flute

    Forgotten Tune for the Flute

    ★★★½

    Even with it's somewhat flat ending, it is well worth watching for the poignant performances, particularly those of Leonid Filatov and Irina Kupchenko.

  • One Way Pendulum

    One Way Pendulum

    Python parentage. Ludicrous, bizarre and going beyond bending the norm.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    A nasty and tedious film. Wholly pretentious. At times savagely repulsive. Overall depressive.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly good fantasy epic in the historical genre. The vividly striking phantasmagorical fairy tale abounds in elegant sets and costumes. Features some fine performances. Multilayered in its themes and characters. Carefully shot. A flight of imagination that has all the workings of a Terry Gilliam vehicle. Markedly overlooked and underrated. Makes one want to read the book.

  • Stormy Weather

    Stormy Weather

    Reignites my love for the Nicholas Brothers, the finest and most underrated dancers in film history.

  • The Bridesmaid

    The Bridesmaid

    ★★★½

    A somber excursion into obsession. Full of mystery and shocking detail. Well worth viewing.

  • Silent Souls

    Silent Souls

    ★★★★

    This bleak and morose lyrical film is beautifully shot. Austere and exposed, a journey into culture and tradition, into melancholy and mystic transition.