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  • The Big Gundown

    ★★★★

  • My Name Is Pecos

    ★★★

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

  • Massacre Time

    ★★★

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  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    ★★★★★

    “Guess there's some justice in the world. You suffer, you go through hell. Then happiness comes along for everyone.”

    The ending of this film broke me. With every tear Giulietta Masina sheds, my soul dies a little more. Conversely, there is a world of power behind her smile. Her face is so expressive, I’d rather imagine that she would have been immensely successful in the silent era of film as well. Forget Julia Roberts, Giulietta Masina is cinema’s true hooker…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★★

    “No, I don't know what this pebble's purpose is, but it must have one, because if this pebble has no purpose, then everything is pointless. Even the stars! At least, I think so. And you too. You have a purpose too.”

    Man...and I though Fausto was irredeemable. Enter Zampano...although he may not be completely irredeemable. He’s a worse man, but I think he understands at the end, and his cries of pain are a realization that his own anger and…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    I had no idea where this film was going at any point, and I loved every minute! Hoffman and Haim have a real tension and chemistry, and Bradley Cooper in a  small role almost steals the entire flick! Easily PTA’s most accessible film.

  • Massacre Time

    Massacre Time

    ★★★

    A fairly middle of the road spaghetti western directed by Lucio Fulci starring Franco Nero. Nero is stoically awesome as usual, but it is George Hilton who steals the show as the drunkard brother. It’s also super weird seeing Nino Castelnuovo playing a flamboyantly dressed sadist with a penchant for tilting his head in a weird, uncomfortable manner - performance choices were made. 

    The music is fantastic, as are some of the shots with guns slowly dipping into frame, and…

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  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    ★★★★★

    This was just...haunting. Realistically, one of the single most devastating films I’ve ever seen.

    As a fan of “war films”, I cannot recall a movie that so effectively portrays the brutal cost of war. I love the patriotic feelings that many war films evoke, but Grave of the Fireflies reminds us that there are no winners in war. Even if the cause we fight for is just - war is about loss. Naturally, whichever side loses the least ultimately comes out ahead, but how does one measure so great a personal loss as portrayed in this film? Is any cause worth that cost?

    Absolute devastation.

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    “Love is the strongest thing in the world.”
    ”I think you’ll find that metal is the strongest thing in the world. Followed closely by dynamite, and then muscles.”

    The most effective way to strip power away from pure evil is to make fun of it. Like Chaplin and Lubitsch before him, Taika Waititi does just that. 

    There are a number of wonderful performances here, especially from the child actors. Pulling beautifully human performances out of actors so young historically seems…