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  • The Crimson Kimono
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • American Graffiti
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

  • Belfast

    ★★★★

  • Undine

    ★★★½

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★½

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  • They Won't Believe Me

    They Won't Believe Me

    ★★★★

    Watched the updated version. I caught glimpses of scenes I don't recall from the shorter version, but it makes me want to go back and compare them more thoroughly.

    Most of it feels like character work and the moments that were precisely the reason to like the movie in the first place. It fleshes out the dynamics and lets the stars around Robert Young shine a little brighter.

  • Happy as Lazzaro

    Happy as Lazzaro

    It feels like a fable or at least a modern-day reincarnation of neorealist type works about humble people from generations gone by.

    Lazzaro is one of those otherworldly characters that only cinema can afford us. My mind immediately flies to Chauncey Gardner in Being There or the boy Toto in Miracle in Milan. How do you describe them? They operate outside the parameters of this world. They're mystical, touched by angels, or at least resolutely good. We think the magic…

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  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★★

    I had forgotten how good Howard Hawk's Rio Bravo is. Most any western with John Wayne is easily watchable, but this film boasts a extraordinary cast including some mainstays of the genre like Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. However, you also have some other stars that you do not associate with westerns. Namely Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, and Ricky Nelson. Each one delivers a fun, likable, and even moving performance.

    This western has been allegedly labeled as an answer to…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★½

    As cliche as it will sound this is one of those films that transcends the years for me. It is still that powerful after so many decades.

    Using low angles and numerous close ups Carl Theodor Dreyer pulled me into this story early on. It was tense and claustrophobic causing the viewer to become emotionally involved in the trial and the plight that surrounded Joan.

    The actors that he chose have wonderfully expressive visages that are so distinct even with…