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  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Le Trou
  • The Cloud-Capped Star
  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

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  • Club Dread

    ★★★★

  • Millennium

    ★★★★

  • Runaway Bride

    ★★★½

  • Maniac Cop 2

    ★★★★

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  • The Lady from Shanghai

    The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★★★½

    Situated in the context of what would would come to be called film noir, this should have been a modest and inconsequential little movie that came and went, notable mostly for a change in Rita Hayworth’s hair. Instead, this film transcends its narrative limitations, small scale, and even what could be called its “flaws” to find appropriate redemption through the undeniable presence of that most hackneyed cliche invariably assigned to Orson Welles...genius. 

    As atmospherically rich as one would have come…

  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeousness and gorgeousity, capturing that confusing and precious period between childhood and adulthood as vividly as I’ve ever seen. Sure, these fellas are like 30, but I certainly would have related then (and still kind of do). And, sure, maybe they aren’t the absolute best guys in town, but each of them is so well realized that we are swept right up into their shenanigans and friendship. Moraldo, the ethical and moral center of the film, carries on the innocence…

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  • Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful and perfect.

  • Dead & Buried

    Dead & Buried

    ★★★★½

    So good. All but forgotten but absolutely worth seeking out, Dead & Buried maintains a balance of plot intricacy and visceral 80s effects that eludes many if not most of its more famous counterparts. Amazing that a movie about the undead can be so human. Highly recommended.

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  • Real Life

    Real Life

    ★★★★★

    Genius. As prophetic in its way as Network. Albert Brooks is one of the most gifted thinkers, quirky humorists, and loving humanists the movies have given us. The archaeologists will one day look back on us with disgust for not showing him a more appropriate level of appreciation in the moment. 

    The man’s birth name is Albert Einstein (no kidding), and I’m not so sure he doesn’t live it to it. Brilliant and glorious filmmaking.

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★

    Most of the magic is in the first fourth of the film, but the beauty is undeniable. One of the fountainheads from which film history (and our popular imagination with regard to horror) has flowed for nearly nine decades.