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  • Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

    Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

    Happy New Year, Colin Burstead has a promising start. The different family members in their different locations who are all heading to the same event - a reunion in Dorset - seem appropriately argumentative, disappointed, and quirky for the storm of shit we know is about to come. The premise is extremely familiar, but the film also seems aware of this, as it teases the audience with the potential arrival of David, a black sheep with bad tendencies.

    Colin Burstead,…

  • Border

    Border

    Ali Abbasi’s Border is two different stories, styles, genres, worlds, rolled into one. The realism of the drab Scandinavian countryside, captured handheld, is pushed to the extreme of surrealness, as a romance blossoms between border security guard Tina (Eva Melander) and pond life enthusiast Vore (Eero Milonoff). They are both outsiders, physically exaggerated by the prosthetics the actors wear, their grotesqueness contrasting with the banality of the setting. Tina is infertile and Vore does not have genitals; he even claims…

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  • The Plagiarists

    The Plagiarists

    The Plagiarists is the rarest kind of film: the kind of film where after the premiere the writers (James N. Kientiz Wilkins and Robin Schavoir) are interviewed on stage and the director is nowhere to be seen. This seems fitting given that the film's plot and action are its words. Although The Plagiarists sets up a dramatic situation— a hipster New York couple (Eamon Monaghan and Lucy Kaminsky; appropriately obnoxious and sad) stay the night in a stranger's house (Michael…

  • Our Time

    Our Time

    Carlos Reygadas directs and stars as a successful poet and rancher named Juan in a rhythmic portrait of a marriage in crisis, played out against the disciplined and violent background of a bull rearing ranch. Juan’s wife Esther, played tenderly by Reygadas real-life spouse Natalia López, begins having an affair with a worker—a chummy gringo called Phil.

    The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney criticised the films “prolix” 3 hour runtime for making him feel like he was “trapped in somebody else’s…