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  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Third Man
  • I Am Cuba
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

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  • Weekend

    ★★★★½

  • La Chinoise

    ★★★½

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    ★★★★

  • Made in U.S.A

    ★★★½

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  • The Blues Brothers

    The Blues Brothers

    ★★★★½

    "Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers has been approved.”

  • Les Carabiniers

    Les Carabiniers

    ★★★

    A rare swing-and-a-miss from Godard in his incredibly fertile 1960–67 period. The premise of the film as a kind of bleak shaggy-dog joke about war works on paper, but is predictable and tiresome to sit through. The broad comedy is free from any affection for or understanding of its characters and ends up playing more like generalised contempt for the lower orders. This must have seemed even more flippant and inadequate when it first came out, less than two decades after the end of WWII. Still, Godard can’t help but create some incidental cinematic pleasures.

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  • The Principles of Lust

    The Principles of Lust

    This hasn’t dissuaded me from my opinion that Penny Woolcock is one of the UK’s most interesting directors (one of our few interesting directors) but, as with everything else of hers I’ve seen, it was too flawed to get my wholehearted approbation. The idea of an opposition between safe domesticity and living for the moment strikes me as similar to the opposition between heart and mind – it’s obviously in some sense useful (or at least appealing), because it gets…

  • Prospero's Books

    Prospero's Books

    ★★★★½

    "yeah of course I can make your Tempest movie." Greenaway scoffed to himself, "gonna put a bunch of dudes with they dick outs in it tho"