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  • The Burglars

    The Burglars 1897

    ★★★ Watched 23 Sep, 2016

    It's difficult to judge early silent shorts by any modern standards, as filmmaking technique had yet to progress much past pointing a camera at someone doing something unusual (or in some cases, completely usual). But Alice Guy-Balché, who began work at Gaumont as a secretary before becoming the world's first female filmmaker, gives a bit of visual oomph to this minute long film about policemen playing a game of whack-a-mole with a couple of would-be burglars on a rooftop.

    The…

  • A Sticky Woman

    A Sticky Woman 1906

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Sep, 2016

    A wealthy woman brings her ladies maid to the post office to be her personal stamp-licker, leading to an inspired bit of silliness as an amorous bystander decides to take advantage of the woman's talented tongue, only to discover the surprise of his life.

    Alice Guy-Balché was as adept at comedy as she was melodrama, but the way in which she frequently used comedy as a social critique, especially from a feminist perspective, is downright revolutionary for 1906. Whereas women…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.