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  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★½

    This film has the tone and pace that would test the wits of some viewers, and it may not be beautiful in a traditional sense, but I was riveted from start to finish. Antonioni uses the tools of color and sound and texture and shape to stunningly creative effect, culminating in a project that is simultaneously maddening and oddly comforting. I've been lost in the storm too, and I know I'm not the only one.

    Far out as my favorite of the social alienation-themed films by this director.

    "There’s something terrible about reality, and I don’t now what it is"

  • Emma

    Emma

    ★★★★

    Clever blocking, deft performances, and unapologetic romanticism make this one of the best Jane Austen adaptions. Good date night movie and pleasant from start to finish.

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  • Yeelen

    Yeelen

    ★★★★

    A film of potent symbols and outlines. I found the climactic confrontation wonderfully mysterious and moving. Sure, I don't necessarily "get" everything that occurs on-screen, but my cultural touchstones are so distant from Mali that it's right I am confounded. I aim to expand my film-watching into Africa as much as possible in the new year, and this is a great start.

  • The Young Girls Turn 25

    The Young Girls Turn 25

    ★★★★

    Like most Varda films, there’s more than what meets the eye here. And a lot meets the eye – a pleasant blend of behind-the-scenes footage and present-day interviews and clips from the wonderful title film. But Varda elevates what would be simply interesting and injects her insurmountable humanity and love. Who else could make dance rehearsal footage with no sound so emotionally resonant? Who else could celebrate twins, memory, death and life all together? Varda was always in the middle, welcoming the world.

    "The memory of happiness is perhaps also happiness"