Sean Baker doesn’t make movies about characters. Sean Baker makes movies about people. Real people: they have hopes and foibles, ambitions and failings; they can be funny and sad, one minute they’re winning, the next they’re reeling, brought down by a world that expects nothing of them but failure; they’re doing the best they can, […]



David Lowery’s A Ghost Story packs so much into its spare stillness that the mind reels, from its deceptively simple and quiet plot sprout great, twisted vines of thought both linear and abstract. It’s a film that will infuriate as many watchers as it entrances, maybe more. It is a spectacle for the mind, it […]

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Jules et Jim

Much has been written of Francois Truffaut’s classic love triangle, Jules et Jim, and rightly so. The film stands as one of the greatest movies of the Twentieth Century, a carefree, freewheeling romance that descends into the horror of The Great War and emerges into one of the most powerfully accurate portrayals of depression ever […]

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Seconds (1966)

With its nightmarish opening credits (shot by Saul Bass); Jerry Goldsmith’s paranoia-inducing score; a deliberately obscure opening act seemingly lifted wholesale from the French New Wave; spectacularly bleak denouement and the fact that its bankable leading man, Rock Hudson, does not appear until forty minutes into the film it is somewhat understandable that Sixties audiences […]

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The Red Turtle (2017)

To tell too much of the plot (minimal as it is) of Michael Dudok de Wit’s hauntingly beautiful fable is to deny you the delight of discovery. The Red Turtle is not a movie to tentatively dip one’s toe into, full immersion is required, allow the gentle waves of the story to close over you […]

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Colossal (2017)

Colossal is a movie that made my head spin. Not only does it manage to pack more ideas into its $15 million budget and 110 minute running time than the (interminable) ten and a half hours of Transformers (so far), it wraps them up, ties a bow on them and makes you punch the air […]

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