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  • The Conformist
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Leopard
  • Days of Heaven

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  • Double Door

    ★★★

  • The Soloist

    ★★★½

  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★

  • Rear Window

    ★★★★★

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  • Double Door

    Double Door

    ★★★

    Kind of one note, story-wise, though the tension throughout is fairly effective. Also, does it mean there's something wrong with me if I find Mary Morris's absolutely unhinged malevolence in this movie to be intoxicating? (She was only 39 when she did this?? And she never made another movie?? Holy cow.)

  • The Soloist

    The Soloist

    ★★★½

    Far from perfect, but pleased to discover that this is, indeed, Un Film de Joe Wright and not just some anonymous for-hire job. Occasional bursts of formal ingenuity are worth their weight in gold. And I know we used to roll our eyes at Downey doing parts like this but now of course I wish he'd do more parts like this.

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★★

    Umpteenth viewing. One of the greatest films ever. Decided to give the director's cut another go after multiple recent re-viewings of the theatrical cut, as well as all of Mann's other films, while writing my profile of him for Vulture.

    Here's the thing: While the theatrical cut might be "canonical," I really really love the director's cut as well. Yes, losing the cold open in the club is wrong, but other than that, there's a lot of stuff here that…

  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    ★★★★½

    There are only a handful of working directors who know how to handle romance. Joe Wright is one of them. We should not take such filmmakers for granted.

    Also, it’s kind of funny how this seemed so stylized to me back in 2005, but now plays as downright gritty compared to some of Wright’s later work.