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  • Le bonheur

    Le bonheur 1965

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2015

    Certainly a movie that ends with a lot to think about. 'Le bonheur' is tranquil, even when it jumps off a deep end. The colors are luminous, and the long-takes are impressive.

  • Samurai Spy

    Samurai Spy 1965

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    I have started a podcast discussing movies that were released fifty years ago, up to the week. My debut episode discusses this movie. I would love it if my letterboxd friends, Romans, and countrymen lent their ears to what I have, and offer suggestions on what could be improved.

    soundcloud.com/halfcenturycinema/samurai-spy-dir-masahiro-shinoda

    And if anyone is interested, I would love to have guests discuss various other movies throughout the year. Let me know.

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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2012 1

    Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.

    The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.

    I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2013 1

    Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.

    Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.

    EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.