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  • 8½
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Vertigo

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  • The Man Who Fell to Earth

    ★★★

  • Circle

    ★★★

  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    ★★★

  • Fright Night

    ★★½

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  • Every Man for Himself

    Every Man for Himself

    ★★★½

    A simple story that is told with all the obtuseness that has come to characterize Godard's style, especially as he progressed in his career. It is more accessible though, I will give it that. And save for a few moments, Godard was able to escape the pretension that sometimes invades his personal style.

    There is a sort of powerful sadness that inhabits this movie and pervades most of its frames. This is all amplified by some of what Godard does…

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    The Color of Pomegranates

    ★★★

    A beautiful, daring and bold approach to telling a story using a language of film that is unlike anything else out there. The colors and composition of each largely static shot showcases emotion and the abstract ideas that underlie most of life while relegating the facts to a secondary position. It probably is unwatchable for most people. I enjoyed it on a pure sensual level though. Yet, I feel like I am missing something here. I do feel like if…

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  • Spy

    Spy

    ★★★½

    Spy strikes me as a subversive comedy in a very unusual way.

    The plot structure and tropes that are common to the spy genre aren't really subverted as much as one would think in this film. I think, in respect to that, Spy generally plays it pretty straight. Yet, it is extremely subversive of cultural and societal norms and expectations. It plays in the territory of calling out these norms and expectations and finding the comedy in that. In the…

  • Hot Girls Wanted

    Hot Girls Wanted

    ★★½

    Film Editor Wanted

    This is a film that feels like it never found itself in the cutting room. It combines several elements that seem to come from totally different films with totally different messages and tries to mesh them into one film. And it never really comes together in any effective manner. The scenes meant to evoke deep emotion clash with the scenes provided to provoke outrage. The scenes meant to evoke concern clash tonally with the message that the…