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  • The Train

    The Train

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    β€œMen are such fools. Men want to be heroes, and their widows mourn.”

    Handsome, muscular cinema that turns the vulgarities of screeching iron into something downright symphonic. Lancaster is fantastic. No face knows weariness quite like his, yet few also manage to be as comforting. John Frankenheimer’sΒ The Train harkens back to old-fashioned cinema in the best senses of the word, where leading men conveyed the physical strain of a day’s work in merciless wides, and spectacle directors expressed a sensitivity…

  • Nas: Time Is Illmatic

    Nas: Time Is Illmatic

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    If the life of Nasir Jones was the most street-decked, funked out venue for rhyme spitting your two legs had ever graced, then this examination of his roots and landmark debut album only takes you up to entrance to get in, flush with the velvet ropes. It's a good taste, full of interesting backstory and rough portraits of brothers and life on the streets in the Queensbridge projects, but ultimately just whets the appetite for a broader, more meticulous treatment.…

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

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    Miyazaki and co. don't just make films, they engineer worlds. Look at anything going on in the frame, no matter the distance from the main action, and you'll find the same amount of vitality, of wonder, of ingenuity. An absolute delight. What an imagination!

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

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    We all have our Hiroshima, and we all have our Nevers, France. That is, until we allow ourselves to forget. The memory fades away when fully subsumed by a new one, and the pain with it. The final third in this heavily influential treatise on memory gets a bit tedious in its plotting, but not enough to mire Alan Resnais’ wistful touch and Marguerite Duras’ otherwise sparkling screenplay. The editing is masterful, at turns traditional and iconoclast, finely slicing together…