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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    There was a moment while watching Midsommar where i wondered if this was what it was like for audiences that got to experience a new piece by Mozart first hand.

    Ari Aster is a virtuoso — a filmmaker in complete control of theme, technique, narrative and performance. His attention to detail results in a fully realized world that he deftly fucks with from scene to scene, shot to shot. 

    He brings a sense of wonder back to the horror genre.

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★

    I can’t stop thinking about how fantastic this supporting cast of co-workers, family & friends were. 

    Movie is like watching two majestic woolly mammoths (Faulk & Rowlands)  slowly sink in to a tar pit of opera singing, well-wishes, reprimands, over talk, non-sequitors, cigarette smoke, bad advice and  warm Hamms beer. I love every fucking second of it.

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  • In Fabric

    In Fabric

    ★★★

    During the first half of the film i thought “this is my favorite genre film of 2019.” It’s so precise in every decision, so impeccable in sound, style and flow, and so goddamn creative in every unusual choice that you feel as if you’re being hand-stitched in to an outfit by a master cinematic tailor.

    And then a narrative choice happened that left me as baffled in the second half as i was enraptured by the first. Would love to hear Mr. Strickland’s speak about the screenplay to this film, because clearly every frame is intentional. But for me, it just didn’t fit right.

  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    ★★★

    This is one of those movies I assumed I had seen only to realize “Nope.” On top of that I didn’t realize Martin Scorsese had directed it. So what started as an inquisitive viewing based purely on subject matter quickly revealed other treasures within. There are techniques that feel like Scorsese’s recognizable style but plenty of the movie visually flows like a more grounded indie/new wave movie from the era. For me this was an interesting mix.

    The central performance…