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  • Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Let the Corpses Tan
  • Cameraperson

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  • Flamenco at 5:15

    ★★★

  • Sprout Wings and Fly

    ★★★★

  • Nostalgia

    ★★★★

  • Trading Places

    ★★★★½

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  • Flamenco at 5:15

    Flamenco at 5:15

    ★★★

    FLAMENCO AT 5:15 (Cynthia Scott, Canada, 1983) 6 V s

    It’s so incredibly easy to parody (I wonder if Mike Leigh saw this before HAPPY GO-LUCKY) that it's a miracle it's watchable at all. An "educational" experience about an "emotional" one, but the teacher is a compelling enough presence to pull it off.

  • Tender Mercies

    Tender Mercies

    ★★★★½

    TENDER MERCIES (Bruce Beresford, USA, 1983, 9)

    Robert Duvall was in person to introduce the film (and his THE APOSTLE, which I didn’t see) at the 2006 Virginia Film Festival. After entering the theater and walking down the aisle, he took the seat *right in front of yours truly.* While he was being introduced, I pulled out my program and a pen, and got Duvall to sign it on the page for TENDER MERCIES.

    The film itself is one of…

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  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★★½

    DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD (Kirsten Johnson, USA, 2020) 9

    At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I saw Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON while coincidentally sitting right next to her. As the closing credits rolled, I whispered to her “that was the best film of the festival.” She said “why, thank you” and pressed her cheek against mine. I then immediately left the theater without another word, as I knew going into the film that I’d have to rush to a sports bar…

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★★

    ‪LEAVE NO TRACE (Granik, USA, 2018, 10, was 9)

    This is gonna sound more back-handed than I mean it but a significant part of this film’s greatness is in what it DOESN’T do. There is no war flashback; Foster’s reaction to diegetic helicopter sounds is enough. There is no real father-daughter “confrontation” talk before the last scene, because that isn’t these people. There is no VA-related politicking because people don’t live like issues. There is no elaborate long-term plan. And…