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  • Visions of Light

    Visions of Light

    ★★★★★

    The best movie about the art of cinematography ever made. Features interviews with all the most illustrious Hollywood New Wave DPs of the 70's before they died (even Nestor Almendros!). And I get the sense that each of them did the lighting for their own interviews.

  • Hal

    Hal

    ★★½

    The 70's are my (and many others) favorite cinematic era. 70's flicks have an exploratory experimental edge, a feeling of pushing against boundaries without leaving story behind. The acting has an improvisatory, naturalistic feel as if even genre pics are behavioral studies.

    Hal Ashby isn't usually numbered among the giants of the 70's, and I guess this film's purpose is to give him his proper place. But that is still not enough reason to make a movie. That is a…

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    ★★★★

    I feel the reviews here miss the point. This is an intentionally de-romanticized view of the sixties that was made during the time it is portraying. There is no nostalgia in this telling. The people are not pleasant. They are lost like many hippies were. So the movie is depressing and sad like life sometimes is for some people. You can be lost and never found again. You can lose yourself. The Pink Floyd score is great and the cinematography is by an all time cinematic genius: Nestor Almendros.

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★½

    Almost nobody reads my lists or reviews. So why do I write them?

    My guess (uncertain just like everything) is it's a process of self-definition (or self-creation?). By delineating what I like I say something about what I am.

    I think in this sense, guilty pleasures are more revealing than great films we love. The flaws we overlook show us more nakedly. I have no shame when I say that Chungking Express and Together are two of my favorite movies…