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  • Road House

    Road House

    ★★★

    One of the great stupid movies.

  • The Red Balloon

    The Red Balloon

    ★★★★★

    I showed this film to a group of 5-10 year olds after being told that kids don't have the necessary patience for art cinema in 2015, & unsurprisingly those adults were dead-wrong, the action in this acclaimed short film being driven by an utterly dynamic bright red balloon as it explores the nooks and crannies and social nooks and crannies of life in a drab, grey Parisian ghetto. I heard the kids were talking about the film afterward for months, and…

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  • Isle of Flowers

    Isle of Flowers

    ★★★★½

    A brilliant example of the 'pivot' in art. As the viewer watches Furtado's short film, the "point" appears constantly beyond our grasp, as it is shunted from left to right, back and forward, until the boogieman jumps out in the last scene, and we realize that we've been in a house of horrors the whole time, and that house is called Capitalism.

  • State of Siege

    State of Siege

    ★★★½

    A thoughtfully scripted & well-paced depiction at the Uruguayan Tupamaros, an urban revolutionary Marxist group that are essentially w/o peer in Latin America for their mixture of insurrectionary action and almost pacifistic, humble deliberation - esp. as it considers a notorious U.S. government agent they come across, responsible for torture & murder across the continent. AND YET, one is left with a couple simple questions about Costa-Gavra's film, namely: why is this film in French? Why is Yves Montand, the most French of the French actors, playing the U.S. agent?