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  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★

    The final 2 decades in the existence of early 1900's British explorer Percy Fawcett, who was dispatched to South America for a government survey and was eventually swallowed by the jungle while doggedly pursuing a legendary Amazonian city. Based on David Grann's book by the same name (and marking an unusual departure from director Grey's usual urban settings) and offering a believable depiction of the hardships an explorer had to face in mounting and executing an expedition, "The Lost City of Z" gives back its meaning to the term "adventure" but doesn't let realism get in the way of exploring the legend.

  • All the Money in the World

    All the Money in the World

    ★★★

    A tense tug of war escalates between aging oil multibillionaire Paul Getty and his daughter-in-law when his nephew and her son, Paul Getty III is kidnapped for ransom and the old man refuses to pay. Inspired by the notorious 1973 incident, this is less a thriller than a tale of consuming greed that provides a majestic portrait of a ravenous miser: in spite of having been hastily overwritten on scenes originally shot with another actor, Christopher Plummer's performance as a man trapped by his own impenetrable avarice is the main saving grace of an occasionally clumsy drama.

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★½

    Hardly fathomable adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's philosophical Sci-Fi novel lures viewers into a watching tour de force of constant, ever-changing, chaos in motion. A 3-hours, black and white exploration of decay taking place in a muddy, rainy, alien medieval planet where characters wander aimlessly, expel body fluids, and invariably get interrupted even in the most menial tasks. An extraordinary, irritatingly challenging, film experience that requires some radical film-watching commitment in order to be enjoyed.

    Previously filmed by Peter Fleischmann in 1990: letterboxd.com/albertofarina/film/es-ist-nicht-leicht-ein-gott-zu-sein/