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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★

    The architecture is something else in this, the drama can sometimes can get a bit swamped by the structures. But there is a gentle humanity to this that gives me a great deal of hope for Kogonada's next fictional film... whatever that might be...

  • Cockfighter

    Cockfighter

    ★★★★

    The second film I've watched by Monte Hellman and I find this just as beguiling and strange as "Two-lane Blacktop". There is a sort of documentary feel to this in places, especially in the fighting sequences, a detachment almost(?).

    I don't think it works quite as a "complete" work like "Two-lane Blacktop", but Warren Oates is really terrific. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I feel he's rather underrated.

    I really would like to see "The Shooting" soon...

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    It envelops you. It demands to be watched more than once. It floored me.

  • It Came from Beneath the Sea

    It Came from Beneath the Sea

    ★★★

    As often seems the case it's the direction and pacing that rather lets down the dazzling Harryhausen monsters in this early foray for the legendary animator. However, in view of the very small budget, the final 20 minutes are terrific: "IT" comes up for air (via the Golden Gate bridge) and lets rip...

    It's got some nice '50s zingers, a rather off-beat love triangle (?) and looks good in the "colorized" version that I watched. A sweet note on the film from Joe Dante is one of the many extras (many others of which I'm yet to get to) in the Indicator box set.