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  • Our Time

    Our Time

    ★★★½

    Reverse Shot review, excerpted below:

    At its core, Our Time is a fairly straightforward tale of love and commitment—a complement, of sorts, to the director’s earlier Silent Light (2007), which observed the fallout of adultery in a cloistered Mennonite community. Upon its release, that film seemed, perhaps for its daring lifts from Ordet (1955), like an unusually unified story for Reygadas—and was consequently reckoned as a leap in maturity by some, and a case of fraudulence by others. In retrospect,…

  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    For Film Comment, wrote on my first encounter with Yang's film, and the recognition that it offered me in terms of language. Not sure anyone really needs another piece on Yi Yi, but anyway:

    Edward Yang’s final feature Yi Yi is a multi-generational family drama, a plaintive city symphony, and an epic story of incalculable grief. To watch the film is to observe as the central Jian family move through the familiar rituals of life and death, to get a…

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  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★½

    Man, do you wanna watch Primer? I haven't seen it since later this afternoon.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★½

    A film built on various contradictions and oppositions: an austere, barely-populated church straight out of Bergman yoked to the behemoth prosperity gospel institution of Abundant Life; a son (Joseph, "the dreamer") sacrificed in "a war without moral justification" and a 'son' (Philip Ettinger's Michael) lost in the moral quandary of a decaying earth ("Will God forgive us?"); a Märta figure à la Winter Light (Victoria Hill's Esther) seen as a constant reminder of earthly inadequacy, placed against Amanda Seyfried's Mary,…