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  • The Woman on the Beach 1947

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Dec, 2014

    I do not know Jean Renoir's work in America very well, so this, his last Hollywood film, was an eye opener for me. I loved the opening sequence, where Robert Ryan's nightmare establishes his character, and the general tone of the film perfectly. Ryan is an actor who I sometimes do not enjoy, as I find he can become tedious, sort of one note. Here, he is dead on in his portrayal of the tortured Coast Guard Lieutenant, believable in…

  • To Live and Die in L.A. 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Dec, 2014

    Seems to improve with the passage of time.

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  • In the Mood for Love 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Dec, 2012

    A rewatch bumps this up to five star territory for me. After the first time I saw it, it stayed with me a long time, and kept popping into my head periodically thereafter. Now I can safely place it on my list of all time favourites. Beautiful in every conceivable way, from the gorgeous cinematography to the low key performances of the two central characters, to the wonderful way music is used throughout the film (I particularly loved the Nat…

  • The Tree of Life 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2012 8

    A second viewing made quite an impression on me. I loved this film even more and I suspect I will have the same reaction each time I see it. I saw myself in the father and the sons, and it brought to mind lying on the grass as a child on the prairies, staring up at the biggest sky imagineable and wondering what's out there and where do we fit into all of it. Great film.