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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. The Wailing With some reflection, I've come to more fully appreciate the jagged shape and structure of Korean director Na Hong-jin's tragicomic horror movie. It shifts wildly in tone over the course of its two-and-half-hours, very much tailored to a lead character, a rural village policeman played...
Cosmos Directed by Andrzej Žuławski Opens June 17 at the Metrograph The title promises the universe. And even though the final film by the late Andrzej Žuławski restricts itself to our terrestrial sphere, it at the very least feels, like so much of the inimitable Polish director's work, as if it was beamed in from another galaxy. Stateside, Žuławski is probably best known for putting Isabelle Adjani through some self-induced-aborting/Carlo-Rambaldi-creature-fucking escapades in 1981's batshit adultery drama Possession. That...
The news of Andrzej Żuławski’s death comes just as a sidebar retrospective of his work commences at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects. Żuławski, who prior to his latest film, Cosmos (2015), had kept away from filmmaking for fifteen years, had been undergoing an intensive cancer treatment. He passed away on the night of February 16th. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Żuławski, like many of his generation, was impacted by the trauma of...
Int. The private dining room of a fashionable and notably expensive New York restaurant, evening. Carrie Bradshaw-Big and a waitress are preparing for a dinner party. Seven places have been set at the long, candle-lit table. Carrie: Everything has to be just perfect when the girls arrive. We haven’t gotten together in ages. Waitress: I understand, Miss Bradshaw. Carrie (with a forced lightness): Sweetie, it’s Mrs. now. Waitress: Oh my god, Mrs. Big, of course. I just... always...

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