Brief Thoughts

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    Brief Thoughts: Wings of Desire (1987)

    First viewing of Wim Wenders’ WINGS OF DESIRE; a poem of a movie that makes of its audience angels...

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    Brief Thoughts: Burning (2018)

    Lee Chang-dong’s BURNING brought to mind no less than Leatherface’s twirl through the golden hour in THE TEXAS CHAIN...

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    Brief Thoughts: The Favourite (2018)

    THE FAVOURITE has the grotesque beauty of an 18th-century political cartoon painted in inky shadows and candlelight, ruling classes...

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    Brief Thoughts: Roma (2018)

    Saw Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, still awash in its elemental grace. A richly ambiguous portrait of dysfunctional, deeply broken love–between...

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    Brief Thoughts: Tade Thompson’s Rosewater

    I got the same frisson of discovery reading Tade Thompson’s ROSEWATER as I did reading William Gibson’s NEUROMANCER so...

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    Brief Thoughts: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen, and one of the most...

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    Brief Thoughts: Aliette de Bodard’s In The Vanishers’ Palace

    Aliette de Bodard’s novella IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE turns the devastating aftermath of colonialism into a wave that warps...

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    Brief Thoughts: Eighth Grade (2018)

    Bo Burnham’s EIGHTH GRADE really drives home how often teen movies feel like period pieces predicated on nostalgia even...

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    Brief Thoughts: Halloween (2018)

    Went to the movies for David Gordon Green’s new HALLOWEEN to cheer myself up. After all, a cinematic manifestation...

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    Brief Thoughts: Apostle (2018)

    Gareth Evans’ APOSTLE is a stylishly unsubtle fable about the cultish brutality of ideological extremism, whether manifest in religious...

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