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  • The Firemen's Ball

    ★★★★½

  • Whiplash

    ★★★★★

  • The Sweet Hereafter

    ★★★★½

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★★

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  • Downfall

    Downfall

    ★★★★½

    Bruno Ganz acted in over one hundred films before his death in 2019 but only two of his most popular roles were predominantly cited in much of the Western media at the time of his final battle against colon cancer: as the tender angel Damiel in "Wings of Desire" and as Adolf Hitler in "Downfall," two German-language films that are not traditional Hollywood fare. Two diverse performances on the extreme opposite ends of the spectrum and their familiarity must have…

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly

    ★★★★½

    ‘They? A wonderful word. And who are they? They’re the nameless ones who kill people for the great whatzit.’
    ~ Velda in "Kiss Me Deadly."

    Robert Aldrich’s "Kiss Me Deadly" literally starts off on the right foot. The very first image delineates the feet of a woman in trouble, frantically rushing along a lost highway at night, naked except for a long trench coat and beckoning with tremulous intensity for passing cars to halt and offer her assistance. The woman…

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  • The Firemen's Ball

    The Firemen's Ball

    ★★★★½

    About halfway through Miloš Forman's black comedy "The Firemen's Ball" a collection of young women have been recruited by the firefighters to partake in a beauty contest, and they are taken to a private room for a preliminary discussion on the ideal etiquette rules for a desirable pageant queen. One of these females is a dead ringer for Marie #1 from Věra Chitylová's "Daisies" and initially I incorrectly assumed it to be the same actress Jitka Cerhová essaying the part.…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    The exhilarating impression imparted on me from a January 2015 screening of Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" stayed all year, and after a rewatch in the early winter I had the conviction to declare it the best of that year. The virtuoso facets were seemingly endless: an impeccable set decoration and use of heightened interior lighting; a razor-sharp script that coupled the highs and lows in the music room to personal life peaks and troughs, and an intensity in the leading acting…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    In-the-zone (adjective) : in a mental state of focused concentration on the performance of an activity, in which one dissociates oneself from distracting or irrelevant aspects of one’s own environment.

    The Zone is the destination for these figures, serving as a site of potential promise for those civilians hopelessly dissatisfied with their environment. This abandoned, quarantined venue is fraught with danger and uncertainty; they who have passed into its realm have rarely returned to reveal the secrets of their unique…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    ‘Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.’
    ~ George Bernard Shaw

    Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" will forever more be known as the first film not in the English-language to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, a noteworthy historical achievement long overdue for global cinema. The multi-faceted nature of the film: it confidently crystallises a variety of artistic genres and tones, appeals to a universal audience - even those…