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  • Almost Human

    Almost Human

    ★★★★

    Bleak film, unreal and deranged performance from Milian.

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★

    Thought this was a masterpiece when I saw this at age 19, less convinced revisiting at 30 - the main difference being the industrial volumes of Westerns I’ve consumed in the period in between. It’s incredible filmmaking from the setpieces, score and deft cinematography and I love everything Bronson and Fonda in it. But it feels a little bit superficial and nihilistic, like a glossy update to appease people who don’t like Westerns, and far short of the complex tapestries…

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  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★★½

    Dunaway showcases a new kinda of acting altogether, a hybrid mixture of camp impersonation and full on demonic possession. Without it, the film ceases to exist. Slimy nostalgia tabloid told with outrageous bombast in an epic tale of what is essentially vignettes, a series of scenes so confusingly put together that any given cut could be anywhere between a split-second reaction shot to a "several years later" interval. Few films depend so much on their central performance, and it's one of the greatest I've ever seen.

  • Theorem

    Theorem

    ★★★★★

    The first film I've logged twice on Letterboxd, and one of my very favourite movies of all time. One of the highlights of that rich, rich period of cinema, of the heyday of European arthouse, which unlike so many of those comes not out of navel-gazing but of intense engagement with the political and cultural spirit of the times, in dialogue with Marxism, existentialism and some profane manifestation of the divine. It's a mysterious and beautiful film, and so thematically…