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  • What's Up, Tiger Lily?

    What's Up, Tiger Lily?

    ★★

    Woody Allen is credited with having directed this film, which would be his debut, but the reality is --in his own words-- that he just bought an Asian flick and wrote an entirely different screenplay --about two rival gangs on the trail of an irresistible culinary recipe, mind you-- for the characters. It is an interesting little exercise or experiment, worth watching once --foremost if you are a fan of the Woodman, needless to say--, and featuring an evident metalinguistic…

  • Altman

    Altman

    ★★★★

    Robert Altman was in some definitive vital way the New Hollywood's foremost director.

    Even when the monumental achievement of Nashville would be beyond enough to secure him a place of honour in the greatest filmmakers' world pantheon, Altman made a number of great works along three decades: from M*A*S*H to Popeye (his misunderstood masterpiece of a musical cartoon), both of which bookend the glorious '70s, to The Player, to Short Cuts, to Gosford Park.

    This timely documentary reminds us that…

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    Young, beautiful and naive Mima has just recently put an end to her pop idol career in order to pursuing more adult goals, i.e. becoming a cheap bit actress in a sensationalistic television series and a nude model for sleazy photographers who, beside in keeping with the pornographic allure of the show, can only be doing this for exactly one reason... Well, at least that is in a capsule what goes on in the minds of the starlet's most disappointed…

  • 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…