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  • A Separation
  • Force Majeure
  • Raw
  • Custody

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  • Adolescents

    ★★★★

  • Labyrinth of Passion

    ★★½

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★★

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  • Adolescents

    Adolescents

    ★★★★

    The successor to Etre at Avoir.

  • Labyrinth of Passion

    Labyrinth of Passion

    ★★½

    I watched about a dozen Almodóvars in the first year of the pandemic at home. Now, thanks to a complete retrospective at my local cinema, I’ve begun the incredible journey of watching his entire 22-filmography in order on the big screen (although I actually watched Parallel Mothers yesterday). The thing that’s already apparent with these early works is that his shooting style and aesthetic was established almost from the very beginning and that it’s his screenwriting that you’re watching mature. Post-2000 or so his screenplays started to get very tight and intricate; this one is preeettttty loose!

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  • Tell Me Who I Am

    Tell Me Who I Am

    ★★½

    The story is deeply involving and the two subjects are likable and compelling. But the filmmaking is so deliberately drawn out to create suspense and tension that it feels exploitative, and the horror movie tropes used in the “atmosphere” footage are forced and on-the-nose. Too much “directing” and not enough reliance on the strength of the subject. Maybe an hour would have been better.

  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    ★★★★★

    Among the series’ endless qualities, it is the astonishing vivacity of the characters that towers above all. Every one of these insanely idiosyncratic individuals feels like they’re being played by the world’s greatest character actor giving their career-best performance.