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  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes it's funny how you remember movies. A tumbleweed, the landscape of an empty street and Cybill Shepherd's breasts were among the main things I recalled about The Last Picture Show. And while Shepherd is beautiful but in no way as exposed as my memory wanted her to be, the emptiness remains more powerfully than ever, that tumbleweed maybe less close or big than I thought but just as tragic. The landscape, curiously enough, shows the two dimensions that play…

  • Star Spangled Rhythm

    Star Spangled Rhythm

    ★★★

    This Paramount picture was one of those all-star spectacles that Hollywood concocted during World War II in order to lift the American spirits. However, if you are not an American --the closing offering, led by crooner Bing Crosby, is as patriotic as it gets--, that doesn't detract from the movie's values, as it is still a decent entertainment with some amazing moments and appearances by your favorite people --if you are a classic-Tinseltown nut like yours truly.

    For starters, the…

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    "The nigger in the stable has a letter from Abraham Lincoln?"

    And that is just but one quote. This is Tarantino's greatest screenplay since Pulp Fiction (1994). Every word from it is pure gold. I could picture in my mind the ominous snowy scenery suddenly getting blood-stained by reading this literary masterwork alone. Then even I could put Tim Roth or Michael Madsen in roles other than the ones they do, since I couldn't get enough of them --one of…

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    A bloody mess due to police corruption in 1950s' Los Angeles is handled expertly by director Curtis Hanson: both the ideal and the immoral, the gritty side and the Hollywood lights of lore unite to create a compelling picture that is neo-noir at its tightly exhuberant best.

    Based on James Ellroy's novel, it tells a grand epic but never loses its focus on the psychological motivations of its deeply faulty antiheroes, brilliantly played by Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kevin…