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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It makes sense that Tarantino would want to pay homage to late 1960s Hollywood. Exploitation movies are on the rise and will have their heyday in the 1970s, and Tarantino has carved himself a niche in mainstream cinema by exploiting exploitation films so that they appeal to modern audiences. And, like "K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies" in "Reservoir Dogs," the soundtrack of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is infused with radio and vinyl renditions of the popular music…

  • Solidarity

    Solidarity

    ★★★★

    In a way, Joyce Wieland's political films remind me of Virginia Woolf's novels. Both artists are concerned with the place of women within oppressive social systems and patriarchal institutions. And both focus on the everyday or insignificant (by conventional standards) to carve out a distinctively feminist rhetoric that offers an oblique yet powerful commentary on those systems and institutions.

    At a cookie factory strike in the early 1970s, Wieland's camera follows the shoes and sandals of the crowd and occasionally…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "Parasite" is very enjoyable, and it's easy to see the appeal that has led it to become one of the most acclaimed movies of 2019. The directing is excellent, the performances are strong, and the cinematography is outstanding. However, I found the screenwriting to be somewhat lacking.

    For the first part of the movie, the plot is carefully controlled, moving forward like a well-calibrated machine that doesn't have to work especially hard to do what it is supposed to do.…

  • Marius

    Marius

    ★★★★½

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    Marcel Pagnol's first film in his Marseille Trilogy is the best. In "Marius," the characters are fresh and engaging, the dialogue crackles with wit and humor, and the story is a perfect concoction of comedy, romance, and melodrama.

    The film centers on Marius, a young working-class man torn between his love for Fanny, a beautiful cockle-seller whom he has known since childhood, and his desire to go to sea, which has likewise tugged at his heart since he was a…