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  • The Philadelphia Story 1940

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Dec, 2014

    One star each for charm, wit, elegance and heat.

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort 1967

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Dec, 2014

    Collapses its influences - the heavenly cranes of Berkeley, the cyclical repartee of Lubitsch, the soft brushstrokes of Minnelli - as it collapses the hierarchy of expression (talking, singing, singing-and-dancing) that defines musicals. Here the choreography always rests somewhere betwixt, the blocking balletic throughout, even unsung dialogue heightened by the bliss of the genre. Deneuve finds herself walking home elated, and the film’s camera - dollying down streets, following her devotedly - takes on a fevered pitch to match, nearby…

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  • The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 1

    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. Just passing that along.

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 2

    What if 2001's star-child featured in an(other) action movie about the creation and evolution of human existence? And what if this time the star-child was Scarlett Johansson?

    Here it is: A blonde bombshell superhero traveling through a narrative that demands she graduate from ubermensch to God. Johansson first mows down bad guys, then chases down knowledge to evolve humanity, then takes control of the human race itself. So Luc Besson's Lucy is built on a daring philosophical idea: that religious…