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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lanthimos, 2017)

This will be a pretty scatter-brained post. The Killing of a Sacred Deer reminds me most of Dogtooth, of all the Lanthimos films I’ve seen. The intruder scenario (one day I’ll have another/better (is there a better?) comparison than Teorema but it comes … Continue reading

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The Boxer and Death (Solan, 1963)

The Boxer and Death is a hell of a film. Peter Solan directs this really tense concentration-camp set film that holds to such simple ideas of screenwriting – fast setup, high stakes, opposite protagonist and antagonist – yet excels at … Continue reading

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Distant Thunder (Ray, 1973) and What’s Up, Doc? (Bogdanovich, 1972)

Distant Thunder is, like so many of the best of Satyajit Ray, a sensitive look at a singular relationship set amidst changing circumstances. I think that Ray really liked the idea of the outsider (see Utpal Dutt in The Stranger, or … Continue reading

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Hra bez pravidel (Polák, 1967) and Conflict (Bernhardt, 1945)

I was lucky enough to catch both of these at the Noir Film Festival here in Prague. Jindrich Polák’s really fun ’60s noir feels like so many different things at once. The quiet of Rififi, the fatalism of Odds Against Tomorrow, the dark … Continue reading

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Polytechnique (Villeneuve, 2009)

Polytechnique is a pretty difficult film at times (and not necessarily a great movie to watch on a plane), but it also feels much more like the Denis Villeneuve films we’re all familiar with than Maelstrom does. Elephant is the film that … Continue reading

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Raw (Ducournau, 2017) and Joaquim (Gomes, 2017)

It’s taken me a little while to come around to Julia Ducournau’s Raw. Some SPOILERS here. When watching it I couldn’t help but think of The Tribe for some obvious reasons: both are set at a school and follow a group of … Continue reading

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Mother! (Aronofsky, 2017) and Super Dark Times (Phillips, 2017)

Mother! is probably my favorite Aronofsky film since The Wrestler. It can be frustrating, and is pretty hilarious to watch in a big multiplex (which I did, alongside a really uncomfortable, largely unhappy crowd. I guess the marketing strategy “Jennifer Lawrence … Continue reading

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