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  • Boarding School

    Boarding School


    Usually a kid being possessed by the spirit of his deranged, Holocaust-survivor grandma would be the main focus in a horror movie, but it's almost incidental - mostly just the first 15 minutes - in this borderline-tasteless, surprisingly disturbing little number. Yakin seems to have something like this as a starting point, a fairly cheesy kids-in-jeopardy set-up, but he adds so many twisted asides - stray anti-semitism, kinky sensuality, veiled gender dysphoria, not to mention Nazi flashbacks to the Jewish…

  • A White, White Day

    A White, White Day


    Lots of cool ideas but the 'COOL IDEA' stamp is too visible, like new clothes with the price-tags still attached; they're a bit inorganic. Thought, e.g., that the early montage of a house standing tall through the seasons might be an image of unchanging essence - clear definition being precisely what gets lost on a "white, white day", a theme that recurs in the very next scene when the shrink asks our hero to define himself - but apparently there's…

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  • Margaret



    Held me spellbound for three hours, if nothing else (extended cut, fwiw). 25th HOUR-ish - New York movie, moral drama about Doing the Right Thing, symphonic score over jagged rhythms - also Desplechin-ish for the sweep and scale, but more ambitious than either: an epic of human disconnection, based around the fact that language is such an imperfect way of trying to connect - emotion is easier, but we lose it as we grow older ("It is Margaret you mourn…

  • Aloha



    File with James L. Brooks' How Do You Know as a late-period rom-com that may seem inept because it dispenses with the usual pretence of realism (the magical setting helps, like it did, in a different way, in Almost Famous; maybe Crowe's peculiar sensibility needs the licence of an anything-goes milieu to really take flight). Myths and omens appear prominently. There's an emphasis on the touchy-feely - Danny McBride as Colonel "Fingers"; Bill Murray giving an impromptu massage - over…