"When he films a Sonic drive-in in To the Wonder, it’s the Sonicest Sonic; when he travels to Las Vegas in Knight of Cups, it’s the Las Vegasest Las Vegas. A searcher for beauty, Malick is also enormously wary of the deceptions and illusions at work in image-making."
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December 11 Merry Christmas, Mr. Woodcock: The Holiday Spirit of Phantom Thread
"Why does Phantom Thread embody the holiday spirit so comprehensively? Because Alma’s presence feels like Christmas."
December 11 Every Little Detail: The Meticulous Romance of Carol
"These are characters striving for love and excitement against a backdrop of boredom and restriction, and the images themselves effortlessly and unforgettably evoke a society that is pining, and pulled corset-tight."