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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★

    I’m begging you, make the tagline: “Rejected by 18 Film Festivals.”

    The power of storytelling— accentuated by the long takes at switchboards and radios and, occasionally, black screens. Conversation is king, over the visual aspects, but the shots aren’t slacking. That tracking shot gave me such a thrill, especially because you knew it was a low budget movie; but where so many people use that as an excuse, here they used their restraints to get creative. 

    Shot on RED Dragon at 2000 ISO.

  • Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell

    ★★★½

    Good but not great. Feels like it could have been streamlined into a really powerful 90-minute movie, but as a 131-minute movie it meanders off on rabbit trails. Bates deserves all her flowers, but it’s a pity that Wilde’s dynamic performance was completely overshadowed by the controversy over that scene.