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Art from Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers, the Closing Film at the New York Film Festival. (September 24—October 10, 2021.)

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The Hand of God

The Hand of God

★★★★

I laughed, I cried, I questioned my life’s purpose - a lovely addition to the CMBYN cinematic universe

fuck ME. you have to watch this on the biggest screen possible with the best sound possible, because it isn't just a film - it's an event. it contains everything you love about cinema mixed with everything you love about theatre, which together creates a viewing experience like no other. it's an incredibly striking and wildly original adaptation of one of the most famous plays in existence, that is authentic and mesmerising in every way possible. it further proves that…

Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth is a visual feast, an extraordinary monochrome work that has almost no equal. The sets and lighting are amazing in all regards, creating something minimalist and otherworldly. There is no practicality to the designs, just empty space and large shapes. Shot entirely on soundstages, The Tragedy of Macbeth is a feat of cinematography that I think is truly astounding. With a striking sound design and haunting score, The Tragedy of Macbeth is a technical…

Belfast

Belfast

★★★★★

TIFF 2021 - #4

There are no words to describe how much serotonin this film gave me. The cinematography, humour and soundtrack were just top tier. I've never seen any of Kenneth Branagh films before but the fact that he's able to balance out between emotionally heavy scenes and laugh-out-loud hilarious scenes so effortlessly is just incredible. Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe and Judi Dench were just phenomenal in this but the one who stole the spotlight was no other than…

Belfast is Kenneth Branagh’s soulful memory piece of the tumultuous summer that changed his life forever. A fully immersive, intimate, endearing, and authentic examination of family and community through the eyes of a child, and the magic, wonderment, and escapism of stories (film, TV, stage). Branagh beautifully uses the media of his youth (heavy emphasis on classic westerns) as the lens through which to depict the events as he remembered while adding splashes of color to emphasize the experiences at…

Great Freedom

Great Freedom

★★★★½

Can’t quite figure out what is it that made me love this movie so much. I wished it would continue on and when it finished I was ready to watch it again right away.

Maybe it’s the tenderness? Specific pained tender glances to your lover. The lit match in the dark cell? A moment you expect and it comes and you savour it fully. Openness? That ability to accept love and whatever pain might come with it. Question of home? Places to…

I tend to be wary of dramas about historical injustices and discrimination for how they all too easily and frequently fall in either of two categories: focussing on how horrible the past was to allow the viewer to pat themselves on the back for how far society has come and absolve them of engaging with present-day issues, or, reversely, grasping at flimsy similarities between past and present in the service of blunt political commentary. 

Sebastian Meise’s latest - titled, with…

The Power of the Dog blisters with so much subtlety that by the time the end hits it feels as if nothing and everything has happened. It is rare for a film to so catch me off guard in the spinning of its characters thoughts and emotions and plans, their dynamics and the power they hold over each other (or don't).

Campion entangles class and gender and sexuality with as deft a hand as she did in The Piano, perhaps…