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  • Some Came Running

    Some Came Running

    ★★★½

    An oddly-foreboding opening tune clues us in that not all of these characters are going to wind up with happy endings as we watch small-town America from the windows of Sinatra's bus. The colors just pop in this opening scene, and the colors pop throughout the movie, right to the almost-expressionistic climax with its carnival lights and cartoon darkness. Sinatra's Dave Hirsch answers that Parkman "used to be" his hometown, but you can't lose a hometown any easier than you…

  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

    Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

    ★★★★

    The wild editing and music (the Olympia Chamber Orchestra was in this version that I heard) reminded me a little of Koyaanisqatsi a little. The chaotic arrival of a train hooked me, and then my eyes were glued to this thing. Typewriter dizziness followed by monkeys, fun animatronics in shop windows, the innards of factory machines, traffic, the hustle and bustle of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. I don't know what it reveals about Berlin, apparently a great city, unless the…

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  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★½

    Kar-Wai Wong could say that he finds the story of the tragedy of missed connections or failed romance as beautiful as a love story with a happy ending, but I wouldn't understand him because we don't speak the same language. This movie has language, but it's the visual language that really communicates here. Wong's a wizard in the ways he conjures these colors, colors that just made me swoon. I could spend two hours just looking at the dresses in…

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Two steps forward, one step back. I looked it up, and that's essentially what's going on with a tango. I figured the structure of this would be like a 7 1/2 hour tango, and indeed, that's what it appears to be. You watch an initial scene unfold, an extended tracking shot that you expect when popping in a Bela Tarr movie, and then a true opening scene involving three characters, a scheme, and a little infidelity. Then, an inciting incident…