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  • The Silences of the Palace
  • Matinee
  • Goodbye South, Goodbye
  • Eight Hours of Terror

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  • The Burning Soil

    ★★★

  • Peking Opera Blues

    ★★★½

  • American Graffiti

    ★★★½

  • Journey Into the Night

    ★★★½

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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★½

    It’s All True

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    A film about depth beyond the surface. Anderson's films almost always appear in two dimensions to us, so what is apparent throughout is how often the film seems to push further in or out within the frame. Layered surfaces are literally pulled back to reveal something in and out. Temporal strategies are employed throughout to contextualize art in ways otherwise inexpressible. An aside of (violent?) sexual rapture requires moving closer in to the audience to break the spell of presentation.…

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★

    A green Sprite bottle, given almost a mythical introduction in a frenetic monologue, slips out of the hand of a character and roles into a puddle of water. The camera, finally imparted from its intense close-ups to a God's eye long shot, lingers just for a second as it rolls into a puddle where it could be misconceived as trash. An object of everyday life that has been signified with narrative agency (A MacGuffin up there with the Arc of…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…