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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★½

    Part of March Around the World 2019

    “Life is a collective impossibility.”

    There were so many languages. Aramaic, Phoenician, Etruscan, Tamil, Moabite, Umbrian. Too many languages. From where did they all come? It was a puzzlement, especially if you believed—and if you were authoring the Pentateuch you no doubt did—that all these speakers were branches of a single family tree. Why would Noah’s descendants, leaving the Ark to replenish the Earth, differ so greatly from one another? You needed an…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    Part of March Around the World 2019

    “She just...disappeared. Like a puff of smoke.”

    Having finally married his one true love, Estelle Oldham, after her intervening-but-ultimately-failed marriage to Cornell Franklin (he of the law degree and the respectable name and the top prospects and the antecedent family friendship with the Oldhams (Mr. and Mrs.)), William Cuthbert Faulkner required a home for his new family. And so he purchased The Sheegog Place (so named for its builder, Robert Sheegog), an old…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    “I had no idea you were so strong-willed. I think that when you make up your mind about something, nothing will change it for you. My compliments.”

    Sometimes there’s a man...no, wait, wrong movie. Start over.

    Sometimes, things don’t work out, and you just can’t quite put your finger on the reason. You meet a person, and you share a great many interests—you like many of the same movies and television programs and podcasts, you both enjoy cooking, you have…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    Part of Hoop-Tober

    “Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable.”

    Gluttony

    He has taken on too much. Det. David Mills (Brad Pitt), deliberately uprooting his wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), from upstate and dragging her to this lurid hellhole, all out of a naïve desire to save the world. So much ambition, he nearly chokes on it. So much chatter, he sucks all the air from the room.

    Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) long ago…