St. Peregrinate

St. Peregrinate

My brain is wet fruit, trailing behind on a gossamer strand.

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  • Nimic

    ★★★½

  • Menarche

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    ★★★½

  • Pulse

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  • Nimic

    Nimic

    Occurs to me short film-sized Lanthimos is probably Lanthimos I'd like best -- an anthology of these goofy, existential sketches.

  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★

    All the trappings of Ozu (focus on family dynamics, loneliness -- Kore-eda even uses Ozu's "pillow shots", framing scenes with doorways at low angles) to produce a slightly updated -- and a hair crueler -- family drama.

    Not quite as subtle as Ozu in several places. Characters often state their motives outright and metaphor is brashly employed.

    A tender dissection of family friction that plays itself honest.

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    What are the odds that, craving crisis-of-faith film, I'd pop in Diary of a Country Priest the night before, ignorant of its relationship with First Reformed.

    Schrader reuses several core conceits of Bresson's film (the journal, malady, &c), but inverts the overall tone and themes, often in ways which aren't entirely clear in their perspective. A few lines are even copied, word for word, though they take on new caustic meaning when voiced by Ethan Hawke's Toller. First Reformed is…

  • The Naked Island

    The Naked Island

    ★★★★

    A meditative mood piece that dissects the minutiae of rural life. Silent all but for a twinkling score and a landscape of pastoral sounds, THE NAKED ISLAND observes a family's struggle to subsist. Events such as a child catching a fish or a trip into town are elevated and punctuate the monotony, but always the family returns to their routine: plying their island's unyielding soil.

    Plenty of other films tackle the everyman's grind -- and often even treat it with…