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  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★

    Respectfully disrespectful. Wrong-headed. Historical desecration is the price of engaging a new generation in "boring" (their words) archive footage. The anti-Shoah. One extra star for the prologue and epilogue, which don't employ the very awful, cutscene-style colourisation techniques.

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    "Blown" away, ha ha. Huston's monolithic, petrifying performance is the thing that instantly sticks. But so, so, so much is packed in there. I can't recall seeing a film that's so frantic and elegiac at the same time. Films I thought of while watching included:
    The Leopard
    Zabriskie Point
    The Wedding (Wajda)
    Play Time
    Eden and After
    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
    Model Shop
    The Last Movie
    Ulysses’ Gaze
    Performance
    Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?
    SOB
    All That…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    No plot.
    No central character.
    No antagonist.
    No defined purpose for side characters.
    No threat.
    No three acts.
    No jokes.
    No punchlines.
    No explanations.
    No internal references.
    No catchphrases.
    No political polemical voice.
    No melodrama.
    No lessons.
    No beginning.
    No end.
    One of the best films ever made.

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★

    Very tempted to click the "I've seen this film before" tab.