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  • Shanghai Express

    Shanghai Express

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Beautiful atmosphere. Very dreamlike and desolate, with some quietly dazzling imagery (the best of it involving Marlene Dietrich, who we'll get to in a moment) that makes a striking, fascinating piece of cinema out of a script that's very imperfect, if still fairly good. Lush but not overly ostentatious, Josef von Sternberg's direction in tandem with James Wong Howe and Lee Garmes' cinematography form the film's first "secret weapon".

    As for Dietrich herself, her performance is the film's other "secret…

  • Opening Night

    Opening Night

    ★★★★

    Gena fucking Rowlands! And her super-rad chunky '70s sunglasses!

    Not gonna lie, I spent about the first hour of the movie in "This is good, but I think I respect it more than I like it" mode, but then there was one excellent scene that made the movie finally click into place, and I found myself really invested in the rest of the movie. I can't wait to rewatch it and see how the film as a whole stacks up upon repeat viewings.

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    Yentl

    ★★★★

    I paid $70 to nab a used copy of the Twilight Time Blu-ray and it was worth every penny to have Mandy Patinkin's man-tiddies in HD in my film collection