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  • Rififi

    Rififi

    ★★★½

    A precise heist and one of the most heart-pounding final acts I have seen in some time, but conversely with most other reviews I have read I found the first quarter dragging.

    I read in the production notes from Dassin himself that he later regretted the cabaret number explaining the title; customary of 1940s and 50s film noir, but unnecessary here. The source material being as racially and sexually brutal as it was, I think this adaption elevates it as much as possible, but still the women shrink.

    Exceptional, all the same. Fin.

  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★½

    "Everything is becoming so horribly simple and easy, even to deprive one's self of pain and suffering."

    A missing girl, a boat, a lost wish. Love or lust or some sort of sanctuary from the experience of grief and guilt built around that. Does beauty last? Does sanctuary? Can we push our problems into the sea for later resolution?

    I don't know, but Monica Vitti's face sure looks beautiful.

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  • Wicked

    Wicked

    Make It Gay You Cowards

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

    The Girl in the Spider's Web

    Okay claire but did you pierce your fucking nipples? Did you?! Where's the fucking commitment, Rooney Mara would never stand for this