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  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    Los Angeles Plays Itself

    ★★★½

    Excellently researched, this is a wonderfully compiled set of thematically-related clips about a subject I love dearly, the geography and history of Los Angeles. But it's really unfortunate that such a remarkable document is hamstrung by its pretentious narration that feels like it was put together by a crank who likes nothing better than expressing his derision about anybody who dares have a different perspective from his. I struggled to find a coherent thesis beyond "I'm going to gripe about…

  • You Ought to Be in Pictures

    You Ought to Be in Pictures

    ★★★★

    I watched this one a few days ago and I still think about it. Porky is so darn cute driving his little car, the goofy awkwardness with which the movie was made to suck up to Friz Freleng's boss is charming in how it reveals a slice of old Hollywood, and then of course you know I love the glimpses of exterior shots of the streets of Los Angeles.

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  • Pather Panchali

    Pather Panchali

    ★★★★½

    This is one of those movies that has seemingly always been on my to-watch list, but I finally got around to seeing it, through Kanopy. Such a beautiful and true-to-life movie. When I catch up to a movie this great, I sometimes wonder why I hadn’t watched it before, I sometimes think that I’ve watched it at the perfect time in my life, and sometimes I get excited by the idea that there are masterpieces out there to watch for the rest of my life.

  • Les Vampires

    Les Vampires

    ★★★★½

    Even my six-year-old daughter got hooked on this.