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  • Three Minutes: A Lengthening

    ★★★★½

  • Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★★

  • Both Sides of the Blade

    ★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★

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  • Three Minutes: A Lengthening

    Three Minutes: A Lengthening

    ★★★★½

    THREE MINUTES: A LENGTHENING (Bianca Stigter, Holland/Poland/USA, 2022, 9)

    I learned about the death of Jean-Luc Godard shortly before I walked into the theater this afternoon, and I frequently thought about him during this film, which is my favorite of 2022 to date.

    Godard famously said that all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. A bit less famously and more recently, he also said that anybody can make a film now, because footage is…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★★

    BLUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, France, 1993, 10 was 9) R

    I’d forgotten how explicitly Christian the film becomes at the end, especially for a film made by an expressly lapsed Catholic, with the words to the music being St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, presented in Greek, that without love, he is nothing.

    To quote David Ehrlich “the worse things appear, the more hopeful it is to watch a film that humbles us into realizing we may not understand the shape…

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  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★★½

    DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD (Kirsten Johnson, USA, 2020) 9

    At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I saw Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON while coincidentally sitting right next to her. As the closing credits rolled, I whispered to her “that was the best film of the festival.” She said “why, thank you” and pressed her cheek against mine. I then immediately left the theater without another word, as I knew going into the film that I’d have to rush to a sports bar…

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★★

    ‪LEAVE NO TRACE (Granik, USA, 2018, 10, was 9)

    This is gonna sound more back-handed than I mean it but a significant part of this film’s greatness is in what it DOESN’T do. There is no war flashback; Foster’s reaction to diegetic helicopter sounds is enough. There is no real father-daughter “confrontation” talk before the last scene, because that isn’t these people. There is no VA-related politicking because people don’t live like issues. There is no elaborate long-term plan. And…