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  • Hypocrites

    Hypocrites

    ★★★★

    This is what I love about the early silents. There are no rules - or at least, there aren't the rules we assume movies will follow today. There is nothing in HYPOCRITES that works as a realistic portrayal of anything at all - unless you want to see it as a story about a priest who is so sad that people don't believe anymore, he sits down and just literary dies.

    There's the priest. Then there's his spiritual self, or…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★½

    I keep coming back to this movie. For one thing, it thoroughly entertains me, but I also feel it provides an opening for a discussion on the importance of spectacle in cinema.

    Cinema is the artform of daze. Unlike a great painting or a masterpiece novel, there is always something nonsensical about even the best movies ever made. The train is still arriving at the station. The images in a movie are always on some level symbolic, and their logic…

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  • Nothing Sacred

    Nothing Sacred

    ★★★

    If you've ever been in New York City and stared at a skyscraper, you know it's a strange thing to do. There is nothing else you can look at in the same way. You have to bend your neck ninety degrees, or so. It's an odd thing to do.

    Pictures rarely do it rarely justice, but at the beginning of this Selznick-produced screwball comedy, there is actually a shot of the Empire State Building which is quite amazing. It starts…

  • Between Worlds

    Between Worlds

    ★½

    He's sitting where he's sitting, Cage. Behind the wheel of a truck or so, outside a quickstop out in the middle of nowhere. He's got the old handy flask in one hand. In the other he's got a cheap cell phone where he explains to someone that "I need money, man!" - "I can't help you" says the voice at the other end, as if it belongs to the director of a better movie, and hangs up.

    Cage then finds…

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  • The Touch

    The Touch

    ★★

    Catching up with Bergman 16/20

    Elliot: Hi. I'm Elliot Gould. Is this a Bergman movie? It seems I'm in Sweden.

    Bibi: Oh, yes hello, we're two Swedish actors who have worked with Ingmar for more than twenty years, let's speak English for a while

    E: Okay, um. Here's a line for you, Bibi: I love you

    B: You do?

    E: Yes

    B: I probably love you too

    E: That's fine.

    B: I mean I'm not sure. I'm pregnant?

    E: Sorry,…

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★

    After eight years, it's a bit of a letdown to find that PAN'S LABYRINTH really isn't a film about any labyrinth of Pan's but rather a film about a Spanish fascist general killing or torturing a bunch of people. In the confused moral landscape of the film, fascism seems to constitute "reality"; so I guess we're all fascists at heart, unless we live in fantasy worlds of course.

    The film is imaginative but I found it to be a bit…