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  • Torneranno i prati

    Torneranno i prati 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2015

    Relatively short, somber, and nerve-wracking, Ermanno Olmi's tragic portrait of an Italian army unit on the front lines of WWI is a monochromatic symphony of grizzled faces in cramped, sad surroundings. The men are pinned down by unseen snipers, commanded by distant authorities, and subject to the indifferent weather. Olmi is still a quiet, unassuming, but morally insistent master, paring down his late style into only the barest essentials of light, speech, and emotion.

    The English title is the bitterly ironic Greenery Will Bloom Again.

  • China 9, Liberty 37

    China 9, Liberty 37 1978

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2015

    The great American Fuck-Western, in which Eros and Thanatos, nude bathing and gunplay, Warren Oates and Sam Peckinpah, intertwine.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★½ Watched 01 May, 2014 2

    Could this have been a game-changing psychedelic, philosophical sci-fi epic of gargantuan proportions, somehow bankrolled by a Hollywood studio? I guess, but I sure as hell wouldn't have ponied up the money for a project like this, with only a weighty scrapbook and a surrealistic supergroup helmed by an excitable madman to recommend it.

    The movie itself is badly-shot auteur-stroking of the highest order, as indulgent of its subject as Jodorowsky is of himself, but the art and imagery do…

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015 2

    "If I tell you / where you're going to /
    You'd laugh in my face / I'm out of place /
    Mind your business!"

    Best end credits song since, I don't know, "Street Hassle" in The Squid and the Whale.