The Power Of The Dog

Enigmatic, dense, endlessly surprising, Campion's rendering of Savage's 1967 novel requires time to absorb and digest, and in that very quality it exhibits its excellence and extraordinary depth. In lesser hands, with this sort of tale, we might have been served a dry cinematic essay on toxic masculinity. In turn, we were gifted with a poetic, slow-burning, merciless narration on how evil nests in a dissatisfied, selfish soul, breaking its humanity, reducing it to a performative shell, which then seeks to destroy and diminish all that is beautiful, vibrant, and good in its midst. For the sheer pleasure of feeding off another's suffering, as it has no joy of its own. A long-awaited return to cinema of one of its greats. [read more] ★★★★★

1917

Sam Mendes’s thespian 'single take' virtuoso stunt, a high-wire homage to his WWI veteran grandfather, highlights two things extremely well – film is a director’s medium, and its key ingredient is light. Only celluloid has that required esoteric quality, the materia to absorb and select. Filter reality. So, in a way, 1917 is also Roger Deakins's film. His digital Arri Alexa mimics the medium almost perfectly. Almost. But it has heart. Following one glorious golden thread. Fighting for the next breath. [read more]
★★★★✩

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