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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

  • Encanto

    ★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

    Some incredible formalism and imagery framed meticulously in polished monochrome glory. The feeling of everything taking place on an ethereal sort of sound stage reminds me of Aronofsky’s the Fountain if it were imbued with hints of Bergman, Tarkovsky and the distant spirit of even German Expressionism. The dialogue is thoroughly Shakespearean, it’s eloquent but for some I’m sure it could encroach on the side of tedium. I found myself somewhere in the middle ground between a rapturous escape and a grand departure from vernacular.

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

    Living in the tension of all consuming love while also longing for something more whether it be a more deeper romantic connection, a more suitable or successful career, or simply a stronger passion for life itself. This is a sort of “love” letter to the pursuit of finding love and fulfillment in an uncertain world. A slow tidal wave of emotions is constantly brewing in our central character’s mind shifting an overtly dramatic tone to one of more whimsical and…

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    Extremely minimal cinematography embellished with brief beautiful striking moments, whether it be a quick zoom or a slow pan to reveal natural foliage above an industrial construction site. Hamaguchi has a deep understanding of what true conversation actually looks like…it can be rigid, exhilarating, awkward, enlightening, erotic. The characters in this anthology act as memorial to love, loss, and life’s enchanting mysteries.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★

    Wholesome, dazzling but ultimately formulaic and surprisingly underwhelming.

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★½

    Heavily layered fantasy that showcases Lowery’s visual storytelling ability to a stunning degree. Rich with foreshadowing and allegory this is a tale that requires the protagonist to look deep within to excavate the courage that’s inside us all. Honor is a form of currency to further your own empire or kingdom. This walks a thin tightrope between extremely meditative and outright extravagant, finding its more confident stride in the second half. This will sweep you off your feet one moment…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★½

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting a sophomore effort ever since Ducournau’s ferocious debut Raw and it’s finally here. This is an odyssey of metal fusing with flesh, of being re-birthed in literal and figurative fire. Gender fluidity, identity and acceptance are approached in such an alarming yet disarming way that it’s nearly impossible to not be affected in some sort of seismic way.

    As grotesque as this at times it’s also wholesome and comically lighthearted to an unmerited degree. Avoiding tonal whiplash…