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  • Twentieth Century

    ★★★

  • Mister Lonely

    ★★★

  • Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★

  • Light Sleeper

    ★★★★

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  • Twentieth Century

    Twentieth Century

    ★★★

    Not quite my tempo, and a little baffled by the acclaim for this one. Lombard is really good, but Barrymore acting like he’s the mad scientist in a Weimar silent is a performance I never warm to across the 90 minute runtime. A few uncharacteristic clunky directing moments from Hawks and an unsatisfying ending cap off a bit of a non-starter for me.

  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper

    ★★★★

    Wish we could still see movies with this look and texture; this type of film feels as dead and buried now as the nickelodeons.

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  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★★½

    Dunaway showcases a new kind of acting altogether, a hybrid mixture of camp impersonation and full on demonic possession. Without it, the film ceases to exist. Slimy nostalgia tabloid told with outrageous bombast in an epic tale of what is essentially vignettes, a series of scenes so confusingly put together that any given cut could be anywhere between a split-second reaction shot to a "several years later" interval. Few films depend so much on their central performance, and it's one of the greatest I've ever seen.

  • Theorem

    Theorem

    ★★★★★

    The first film I've logged twice on Letterboxd, and one of my very favourite movies of all time. One of the highlights of that rich, rich period of cinema, of the heyday of European arthouse, which unlike so many of those comes not out of navel-gazing but of intense engagement with the political and cultural spirit of the times, in dialogue with Marxism, existentialism and some profane manifestation of the divine. It's a mysterious and beautiful film, and so thematically…