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  • A Woman Is a Woman

    ★★★

  • The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

  • Demons

    ★★★★

  • Violence at Noon

    ★★★★

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  • A Woman Is a Woman

    A Woman Is a Woman

    ★★★

    Like Shoot the Piano Player, this felt like Godard trying to do a “new wave” style that he helped define (except I really dig Shoot the Piano Player, not so much this).

    Love the widescreen compositions, blocking, camera movement, and performances… just feels comparatively slight and pandering. But damn — how iconic is Anna Karina’s first dance sequence at the club?! A star was born.

    My least favorite 60s Godard (but still better than most things that exist).

  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★★½

    Connection is created through rotating cameras dissolving back and forth over the course of the entire discovery scene until we feel just as hypnotized as these male astronauts do. 

    The characters never slow things down to exposit or reveal any “meaningful” backstory. It’s just propulsive plotting (genuinely had no idea where it was going), solid performances (especially the SAS agent and the scientist that looks like the guy from Faces), uncanny effects work (scientists entering the organic ship), and Hooper’s…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★½

    Batman v Superman is the musical equivalent of someone playing a single palm-muted chord in drop D for 3 hours.

    Actually, that might even be more interesting.

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    More Sunrise than A Star is Born, Annette is the modern version of an expressionist film from the 30s. Carax is operating in full Murnau mode (he also thanks King Vidor, another operatic and expressionistic director from that period). He understands the value of wild set pieces and inventive visual expression and gives that primacy over any kind of conventional storytelling or psychology. The enjoyment of this work, and the work of all the great film directors, comes from its…