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  • The Silent Partner

    The Silent Partner

    ★★★½

    More successful in indulging its quirks than in creating suspense, but with Gould on the sly and Plummer in a dress there are plenty of quirks.

  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III

    ★★★★

    {Coda edit}
    It’s been decades since I’ve seen the other cut, but this played with much more dramatic force than I remember it having (I notice that it’s now shorter). It’s certainly a more direct film than Part II. As a story about trying to define one’s legacy through a group of disappointing heirs it achieves operatic dimensions even before its conclusion. They
    probably should have paid Duvall what he wanted, though.

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    Hitchcock’s masterwork, better than any other, reminds us of two truisms of cinema: to look is to remember and to remember is to impose. The hypnotic spirals that haunt every facet of the visual design and even the trademark dolly zoom effect take us deeper into the image, to the point that it threatens to swallow us, much as the past threatens to engulf Scottie. Of course these geometrical chasms are metaphorically vaginal, making Vertigo the great masterpiece about sexual…

  • Infinite Football

    Infinite Football

    ★★★★

    A gentle reminder that Romanian New Wave filmmakers have given us several of the best comedies of recent years, Porumboiu’s sly documentary Infinite Foodball is a subtly profound and deeply ironic look at one sad sack’s attempts to funnel his life’s disappointments (a shin injury, a dull job, repeated failures to secure a work visa, etc…) into changes in the rules of soccer. An existential meditation in the guise of an episode of Nathan for You, this unique film sees…