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  • Dark Days

    ★★★★★

  • The Lure

    ★★★★

  • Smooth Talk

    ★★★★½

  • The Silent Partner

    ★★★½

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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

    Initially excited to watch this movie, I felt increasingly frustrated with myself for failing to connect more deeply with the characters for the larger portion of this film. Surely, something must be wrong with me, I felt certain. Still, plotwise it all remained somewhat indefinably amiss. Rushed. Underdeveloped. Superficial. Some of those. None of those. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Could it be that it was a musical? I’ve enjoyed them before, I mused within myself. It…

  • A Short Film About Killing

    A Short Film About Killing

    ★★★★½

    I think that with the passing years, the answer becomes all the more elusive. Everyone wonders if what he does has any meaning. I’m afraid our doubts grow stronger and stronger.

    Relentless in its brutal depiction of cold-blooded murder, A Short Film About Killing spares no detail leaving us with no unknown certainty about the act we’ve just witnessed. And while a different film might bother to inject a bit of edge-blurring sympathy toward the killer’s motive in this hideous…

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  • Dark Days

    Dark Days

    ★★★★★

    Dark Days is a poem about the light that finds its way inside the darkest tunnels of human experience. Immersive without feeling intrusive, Marc Singer’s thoughtful portrait of the homeless underground dwellers of New York City yields an intimate authenticity that is carefully sown in the byways of organically grown friendship. 

    Lingeringly touching, this film transcends the label of documentary, because truly, it is an act of love. Marc Singer spent months living with this community intermittently in an effort…

  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★★

    They promised frutti di mare
    Now we’re feeling sorry
    I’m angry as hell
    Picking at love’s cracked up shells
    One last piece of flesh
    Lands on my plate
    Charred like some scrap
    No one wants to wrap

    The Lure might not be everyone’s go-to surf ’n’ turf fare, but I really liked it. Offbeat, bizarre, and oh-so-alluring, this chimerical nightclub fever dream rejects definition by floating in the liminal space suspended between film and music video. It is that love…

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  • Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    ★★★★½

    Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the ‘60s in Brussels is a film about nonconformity. Nonconformity on how to dress, what to think, who to love, how to feel. It’s a film about the challenges of not fitting in within the cage of social norm, and the anxious back and forth pacing that occurs while figuring out how to break free from a stifling complacency that chokes you. 

    Chantal Akerman’s semi-autobiographical film follows a day in the…

  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

    ★★★★½

    In many ways I think Smooth Talk is a film about linguistic deficiency. I don’t mean this in a syntactic or lexical way, but rather in the way language can have detrimental consequences within our interpersonal relationships and psycho-emotional climate. Although we see this deficiency throughout this film with friends and love interests alike, it is particularly observable in the way Connie’s family members talk at each other instead of with one another. Fueled by personal preoccupations, every individual winds…