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  • My Night at Maud's
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Metropolitan
  • The Scary of Sixty-First

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  • The New Land

    ★★★★½

  • The Emigrants

    ★★★★

  • Django Unchained

    ★★★½

  • Mirror

    ★★★★★

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    Hello. This is my first true short film. I made it with a few friends this summer and it's premiering at the Scrawls on Cinema summer showcase this Friday, August 6th, at 7:00 PM over Zoom. It's a talkie comedy that lampoons men's fraught relationship to gender, sex, and their bodies. I hoped to combine my love for the summery location shooting and ironic male protagonists of Éric Rohmer's films, light comedy films like Metropolitan or The Last Days of…

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

    A light comedy on its face, with farcical episodic bits and a lot of physical comedy and sight gags, covering up a suspicious lack of narrative arc and suggestions of a lost romance. I think I kind of see that, but to me the film feels much more broadly about a sense of loneliness in general.

    The extremely textured soundtrack, a noted inspiration for David Lynch, constantly has something going on, be it the goofy sound effect…

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  • The New Land

    The New Land

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful stuff, building off of its predecessor in both style and narrative, evolving from a harrowing tale of settlers fleeing persecution and seeking a new life and instead elevating to a kind of religious allegory, the story of well-meaning people in a land born from an unrepentant sin that seems to infect all those who would seek to reap its intended benefits. The characters are fated with tragedies, lives marked by suffering, and few comforts. Those who live longest find…

  • The Emigrants

    The Emigrants

    ★★★★

    Consistently validated my claustrophobia and mild fear of the sea. Gods Liv and Max. Grueling in its precision and refusal to abbreviate its moments of transit, yet ornate in its sensuous photography and beautiful quotidian moments. A great stage set for two of cinema’s greatest actors to present everyday drama and become everyday people. Was surprised by the religious elements in here, seeming to be a bit of inspiration for Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves in its color palette,…

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★½

    Certainly a period piece directed by the guy who did A Ghost Story after watching Polanski’s Macbeth, similar in their beheadings and murky open landscapes and careening paths. Classical in its goal-oriented protagonist, varying only for the director’s somewhat trademark expansion and contraction of story time. Despite great costume design and performances, its direction is all over the place, occasionally sharp in its closer framing, yet falling into these weird moments in its longer staging. This is the problem with A24’s…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    Rewatched this and quickly was drawn in and out of a sleepy fugue. Felt kind of like the ideal way to view this. Nothing is so delicate, oneiric, and thoughtful. A true tone poem.