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  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Black Coal, Thin Ice

    ★★★

    An odd mix of detective drama, romance, and surreality.  I'm not sure if writer/director Diao Yinan ultimately successfully blends these elements, though for much of the film you forget such a question.  A surefooted balancing act is achieved for about three quarters of the running time, but the last act does fall apart a bit, even if those final individual scenes are likewise small masterpieces of Theater of the Bizarre.  It's strange though, how Yinan more or less abandons his story near the end after spending a great deal of time building it.

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★★½

    A film that trusts its audience’s intelligence, and mostly stays fixed on Oldman’s pensive face.  As interesting in its sociology as its intricate plotting.  Really feels like a film shot in 1973.  Beware some clumsy and obvious symbolism.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    Does anyone under the age of 40-45 care about BLADE RUNNER? I'd like to think so, but there aren't enough of them. Some of the reviews I've read, from otherwise very insightful and intelligent critics, call 2049 "dull", "plodding", "confusing". Really inconceivable, to me. Again, it's history repeating itself. Folks don't want to think, to work for answers. To see connections. To consider what is beyond the visuals, which again are simply astounding. They may well outdo the original film.…

  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★★

    Thewlis is amazing.  Jonny is a shit, maybe irredeemable.  Maybe he never evolved from the amoeba, despite his alarming erudition.    London is his victim/victimizer, and used by Leigh to superb effect.    Is Sebastian his doppelgänger?  Love this film.