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  • French Cancan

    French Cancan

    ★★★★★

    Pretty crazy how cinema peaked in 1955 and it's all just been downhill from there.

  • Water and Power

    Water and Power

    Pat O'Neill seems to unite every pre-89 non-narrative cinematic tradition in a single, fleet-footed, beautiful film. Major work.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ½

    There's a moment early on this film that nicely summarizes Damien Chazelle's approach to music and art: Ryan Gosling, sitting at his piano, puts on a jazz record, which begins with a complicated piano riff. He stops the record, plays the riff on his piano exactly as heard on the record, messes up, then spins back the record, replays the opening, and mimics it again. It's the same methodology behind the "Play one wrong note and you DIE" premise of…

  • From Nine to Nine

    From Nine to Nine

    We on an ultra-left screed
    We on an ultra-left screed
    This is a Neil dream

    (Congrats Neil!!!)