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  • Encounter with the Unknown

    Encounter with the Unknown

    ★★½

    I would have rated this higher, but then they stretched out "The Girl on the Bridge" story for 25 minutes.

  • Death by Invitation

    Death by Invitation

    ★★★★

    Whomever made this movie, even through I was 5 years old when it came out, apparently, somehow knew the exact things that I love in a movie.

    It's literally a checklist of my film kinks:

    1. 70's film stock that looks like it's made up of leftover short ends
    2. Long conversations that neither further the plot nor develop the characters.
    3. Incredible fashions and horrible fashions.
    4. Actors that look and act like they might have worked in classic…

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  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★

    In a Tom Waits song come to life, Tony Quinn plays an itinerant strongman who buys a mildly retarded girl and trains her to be his clown/assistant. They lead a miserable life on the road, which leads to accidental murder.

    Fellini's film is full of beautiful b&w photography of bleak post-war Italy and Dick Basehart appears in what I can only describe as the "Danny Kaye" role.

    Recommended for fans of depressing cinema.

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is as much a movie about family as it is about revenge.

    Oh...and it's very much about revenge.

    When "Blue Ruin" begins, Dwight is homeless and living out of his car. He's dirty and bearded (non-hipster) and is sneaking into people's houses to take surreptitious baths. Speaking as someone who has lived in his car for short periods of my crazy past, I can tell you that the time we spend with Homeless Dwight is pretty realistic.

    Except that…