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  • The People Under the Stairs

    The People Under the Stairs

    Not bad, but clearly peaks at the 17-minute mark, when Ving Rhames says "Maybe the president's gonna make me Secretary of Pussy."

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    “We played with life and lost,” said Henri Serre in Jules et Jim; “I played with the flame of life,” says Rooney Mara in Song to Song. As in the Truffaut, the new Malick hurtles through affairs of the heart and comings of age to reflect on a fall from paradise.

    The original title was Weightless - and indeed there’s a scene where the protagonists float in a zero-gravity aircraft. “This is all just free fall,” says Michael Fassbender’s music…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    There's a moment where Keaton says, "I've got the chance to do something important," at almost the exact time a bottle of Stella Artois clearly settles in the frame, and for some reason it stuck with me as a minor emblem of the movie's hollowness. Are they so crass as to put a product placement in there as the hero bears his soul? Or is this a deliberate nudge at his petty self-importance adrift in a world of commodity? It's…

  • Filmmaker

    Filmmaker

    This is a documentary about Francis Ford Coppola, who at one point says, "The world is filled with guys who said, well, I'm gonna make the money and then I'll make the personal films. And somehow, they never get around to doing it."

    The director of this documentary is George Lucas.