Baz

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Top four films highlighting recent recommendations

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Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Paris, Texas
  • Fight Club
  • There Will Be Blood

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  • Music in Darkness

    ★★★

  • Night Passage

    ★★★

  • First Cow

    ★★★★

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★½

    New York City in black and white just hits different. It works for the film’s themes, too. Joaquin Phoenix interviewing young people on their thoughts of current events and how they see the future panning out isn’t going to generate black and white answers. C’mon C’mon is a film full of unanswered questions, unasked questions, to be more specific. Kids and adults alike, tip-toeing around the bigger picture, feelings left unchecked, resulting in hiding, running away, playing coy. 

    C’mon C’mon…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 

    A terrifyingly ambiguous character deconstruction from Jane Campion. A film that features lush cinematography, an encompassing score form Johnny Greenwood, and some fine acting from Jesse Plemmons, Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch. However for me, the stand out is Kodi Smit McPhee. His arc throughout the film is the most prominently transformative. It’s McPhee who is the glue to it all, leaving us with a sense of beguiling angst as the film comes to a close. 

    Watched on Netflix, but wish I’d had seen it at the cinema.

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  • Music in Darkness

    Music in Darkness

    ★★★

    A sad affecting drama with pockets of surrealism thrown in for good measure. Music in Darkness feels very much like a Bergman picture of that era, again working with actor Birger Malmsten gives the film a comforting familiarity. The story works and I found myself drawn to it thanks to the camerawork and the music.

    As much as I liked the film for what it was, I was still focused on what it wasn’t. Bergman was on the cusp of greatness, clearly honing his skills with these early films.

  • Night Passage

    Night Passage

    ★★★

    A fairly mediocre western that’s held together by the performances of the actors, and that bright omnipresent Technicolor cinematography. Jimmy Stewart playing an accordion is a sight I never thought I’d see, but there we go. Audie Murphy plays it cool, like an old west Fonzy, with his leather jacket and penchant for the ladies. Remember that young kid from Shane? He’s here and he looks younger than he did five years earlier. Dan Duryea is of course, playing a…

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    No review needed. 

    If you haven't seen Jaws, you're dead to me.

  • if....

    if....

    ★★★★

    Lindsay Anderson's If.... could quite possibly be the unofficial prequel to Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange