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  • Timbuktu

    Timbuktu

    ★★★

    I struggled to make my way through this movie, and yet my estimation of it grows in my mind. I guess I just didn’t expect it to be a prayer of mourning, a movie that is so devastatingly sad.

     I think it’s the movie’s unevenness that frustrates me. The moments when it became more poetic and less narrative were my favourite. That, and the beautiful if too brief music, which makes it all the more heartbreaking. 

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    I watched a video essay that compared the opening shot—Theodore’s face, filled with emotion, staring at his screen—and the ending shot—Theodore looking out into the landscape of his city, arm around Amy’s shoulder. I suppose the movie is about Theodore moving away from isolation through to community, and ironically doing this because of a “human” connection with technology.

    Anyway. This movie holds up. It is a modern classic because it captures the modern condition of loneliness amid technology and a longing for human connection amid our own pain so beautifully, evocatively, and well. It’s a keeper.

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  • The Mill and the Cross

    The Mill and the Cross

    ★★★★½

    I was introduced to this film over a year ago and knew then that I looked forward to returning. But the question was how long to wait? I didn’t want to rush it. But I also knew that this movie would be the perfect fit for Holy Week. So on Holy Saturday I turned down the lights and pressed play.

    I am now more familiar with the painting this film brings to life so effortlessly, particularly its lighting. Its costumes…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    My family hated this movie and I swore to never again introduce them to a favourite film. Sigh.