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  • Without pity 1948

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Bleak and compassionate, Lattuada's semi-neorealist melodrama (co-scripted by Fellini) thrusts two outcasts into an impossible affair: a black deserter from the American army (John Kitzmiller, an actual GI who was stationed in and then stayed in Italy after the war to continue acting) and an adrift young woman (Carla Del Poggio, Lattuada's wife) who falls into poverty and prostitution. In postwar Italy's opportunistic world of underground crime, high-minded, disconsolate characters like these are destined to fall in heartless yet beautiful…

  • Particle Fever 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    An enormously expensive and far-reaching experiment, utilizing "the largest machine ever built," plumbing the most fundamental depths of reality approaches human scale through focusing at least partially on the people involved. Balancing the high-flown ruminations of theoretical physicists with the down-and-dirty soldering and switch-flipping of the experimentalists, Particle Fever finds a way to make the search for the elusive Higgs boson like a thrilling detective story with clues, diversions, unknowns, and implications, despite the pure knowledge up for grabs lacking…

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  • In the Cut 2003

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2013 2

    A drifting intellectual late-bloomer's sexual awakening in the guise of an erotic thriller, unfairly if understandably maligned by viewers hoodwinked by advertising and unaccustomed to whodunits slathered in atmosphere and psychology at the expense of rollercoaster theatrics, put off by a reckless and glistening camera too busy charting the headspace of isolated and sexually paranoid Meg Ryan (fearless and vulnerable and as willing to shed her on-screen past as her character is to shed her depressed, idealistic innocence) faced with…

  • From Beyond 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Oct, 2013

    Reviewed at Next Projection as part of Jaime Burchardt's 2013 Horrorfest:

    H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories of the 1920s and 1930s have exerted a widespread influence over the genre in all forms of media, but the best-known film adaptations of his work are associated with writer Dennis Paoli, producers Charles and Albert Band and Brian Yuzna, and writer-director Stuart Gordon. Following the success of their gory and witty Lovecraft update Re-Animator, much of the same cast and crew embarked upon a…