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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    There's some movies that when making a "Greatest/Essential Movies to Watch" list, you keep putting off and off because they may seem for daunting for some reason or another. I had been aware of Paris, Texas as one of the possible classics/best movies of the 80's for some time, always telling myself "I'll get to it eventually." "It will probably be another masterpiece, but I'll watch it some other time." For some reason I had Paris, Texas placed in my…

  • Desert Hearts

    Desert Hearts

    ★★★

    I must admit I sought this one out for its supposedly infamous lesbian sex scenes, but I quickly got invested in the characters and the relationship. Especially Patricia Charbonneau's character Kay. Charbonneau really has a glow about her throughout the film, and I believe in the Criterion DVD extras it mentions how she was pregnant throughout the shoot, and that I wasn't the only one who had thought she looked radiant. Shaver's Vivian isn't the most accessible character, but she is still sympathetic and feels like a well drawn character. Good movie.

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…