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  • The Innocents 1961

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    Remarkably successful at creeping out the audience. Perhaps the thing I admired most about it is that the movie stares right back at you. Most ghost/horror/suspense films show something shocking, then quickly cut away. The Innocents doesn't. It lingers on and doesn't allow you the safety of looking away (it makes you do it yourself). The sexual aspects of the film are also handled well: the issues are discussed but the details are not.

    Unforgettable scenes: the boy's poetry reading and the woman in the lake (I still shudder thinking about it).

  • Je t'aime, je t'aime 1968

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    Incredibly funny, tragic and original. I'm surprised there haven't been more attempts at telling this story. I doubt anyone would handle it as deftly as Renais, who is able to shift tones, locations and times wildly and keep you there every step of the way. The melancholy is broken up by humor and soul but it never loses its bite.

    Last thought: this handles science/scientists unusually well for a sci-fi flick.

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  • The Elephant Man 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2013 6

    I was fortunate enough to see The Elephant Man on the big screen with a 35mm print and it was even better this time around. Being in a theater heightens the emotions of the film that much more and the gorgeous black and white photography is so striking. In fact, I forgot just how hard some of the scenes in this film can hit you. I struggled to hold back tears multiple times.

    I also forgot about the distinctive Lynchian…

  • Kuroneko 1968

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2012 1

    I liked this more than The Naked Island but not nearly as much as Onibaba. That said, Shindo continues to impress me as a director. Kuroneko has some of the best uses of lighting that I have seen in film- whether it's a subtle rendering of a character emerging from darkness or an overt, theatrical spotlight. (The latter makes sense within the context of the film because this is a variation on kabuki.)

    The actors are all fantastic and I…