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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★

    "Who needs beautiful things nowadays, Claudia? How long will they last? All of this was built to last centuries. Today, ten, twenty years at the most, and then? Well..."

    Self-sabotage in a barren and desolate world, the wealthy wrecking lives and creating chaos—a shark sighting, an affair or two or three, a disappearance, a spilled bottle of ink—to try and leave some impact on the physical world. They try to convert emotion into reality—or create emotion where there is none,…

  • The Clock

    The Clock

    ★★★★½

    91/100 (4.5)
    A marvelous combination of naturalism and Hollywood romanticism, where the smaller moments of exchanging get-to-know-yous atop some priceless bit of history in the Met, delivering milk bottles in the wee hours of the morning, and sharing a cozy breakfast after a sleepless night are just as magical and intimate as their meet-cute, walk in Central Park, or first kiss.

    Someone on here described it as a mashup of Brief Encounter and Before Sunrise which is on point, but…

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  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    It took 48 years for Welles’s dizzying, splinter-sharp kaleidoscopic vision to be realized, and it’ll take me another 48 to process it all. They say a magician never reveals his secrets; I can’t wait to penetrate this film’s many enigmatic forms and facets, but also hope I never fully escape its thrall.

  • Crossing Delancey

    Crossing Delancey

    My heart feels so warm.

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  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    ★★★★½

    93/100 (4.5+) 
    We decided to screen THE GREAT DICTATOR on Election Day for my school's Film Society...a more prescient choice than we ever could have imagined.

    I was furiously refreshing the vote trackers as I watched. As Chaplin gave his famous speech, Trump was winning in Florida, beginning to win the race...I was holding back tears.

    " I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    The lyricism and poetry of the visuals prove that ARRIVAL is not your average science-fiction film. Oh, it may be marketed as a blockbuster—it may perform like a blockbuster, going by its $24 million debut—but its central conceit (aliens arriving on Earth) is the most typical thing about it. In most scenarios what would come next would be a dance of dystopian destruction, a man versus alien battle. ARRIVAL takes a comparatively fresh approach; it is a mature meditation on…