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  • Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★½

  • Peter von Kant

    ★★★

  • White Noise

    ★★★½

  • Vengeance

    ★★½

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  • Peter von Kant

    Peter von Kant

    ★★★

    Not quite first-rate, because it's a pastiche (also because it pushes a tiresome, self-pitying narrative of the older man undone by the cruel, handsome boy, even if it does so quite consciously) - but it's still its own thing, despite the explicit borrowings and Peter being a tribute to Fassbinder himself. Ozon's larkier, less impressive style may even open up the material more than Fassbinder's mannered virtuosity, certainly, despite having seen The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant twice now,…

  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

    Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly simple, curiously tender movie, going light on the two aspects of the story - Robinson Crusoe-type details of island survival, and Onoda's escalating mental breakdown - where I expected it to go big. A few more of those 10,000 nights might've been useful (at one point it just fast-forwards 19 years), seems a bit insubstantial despite the length; not much sense of the years piling up, also not much geographical sense of the island itself - which apparently is…

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  • Margaret

    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…

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★★

    Everything is product.

    Granny from Tweety and Sylvester fighting in The Matrix because hey, Warner Bros.

    Yet the message of the film is 'Be yourself! Do your own special thing!'.

    We love our corporate overlords.