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  • First Cow

    First Cow

    I have to imagine there was someone somewhere waiting beyond the last minute for there to be the same reveal as The Village. 

    Clafoutis Humiliation is my new band name.

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    A reminder of what I’ve been missing: the chance to let the slow metaphors unfold rather than think about checking my phone. Cinema shows us ghosts and turns us into them. Lovely stuff.

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  • Kajillionaire


    ‘I’m sorry I liked it,’ is probably the best summary I can give. Miranda July (in her writing and films) seems to be about reclaiming sincerity and sentiment, despite the cynicism of the times and the embarrassment of feeling something pure. There is so much that doesn’t work here (Evan Rachel Wood’s grating Kevin and Perry line delivery chief among its wilful choices), but it also gets to certain ideas that are only possible through July’s metaphors about vulnerability, intimacy…

  • All the Vermeers in New York

    All the Vermeers in New York

    The expectation is that something built on such small territory will be made by hook or by crook. Instead this has a hard elegance and assurance. It knows its characters and gives you just enough wool to tug at to make the many moments of observation (at work, at play) supremely evocative. Captures something quite specific about the loneliness of cities, even if viewed from this particular moment their lives seem relatively brimming with intimacies and freedom. Some great performances…