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  • Into a Dream

    Into a Dream 2005

    ★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2016

    An early moment finds dorama actor Mutsugoro Suzuki (Tatsushi Tanaka) attending a low-budget Japanese-language staging of A Streetcar Named Desire, one marked by experimental acting and deliberately unreal conceits of staging. Suzuki joins a number of the performers after for drinks, where he catches some shade for his safer artistic choices; “I’m happy to be doing Tennessee Williams,” one member of the troupe announces. Suzuki’s girlfriend for the night—there are others—spots him wincing at the remark, and when she asks…

  • Autumn Leaves

    Autumn Leaves 1956

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2016

    A permanently lonesome stenographer (Joan Crawford) has a heavy fling with a younger partner (Cliff Robertson), then realizes he’s a serial liar already driven mad by a different May-December partnership—he caught his ex-wife (Vera Miles) sleeping with his father (Lorne Greene), and he cries like a baby whenever he remembers it. Her role shifts from wife to mother; the once-lonely woman yearning for solitude all over again. She wants to ditch the kid and revert to the self-centered independence that…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 2

    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "Keep" written on the front frames.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2015 1

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.