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  • The Lady Vanishes

    The Lady Vanishes

    ★★★½

    If you squint hard enough there's a Lubitsch film here. It's too bad (for me) that Hitchcock didn't stay in England, but I guess he turned out okay in Hollywood. If nothing else, I wish there was more "mysteries" like this one where the wit provides the main thrust, and the narrative schematics follow behind so casually that they don't seem to matter at all.

  • Whity

    Whity

    ★★★★

    One of Fassbinder's boldest experiments. I hesitate to label it an outright masterpiece, though.

    Full review at Cinema Talk.

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  • Taipei Story

    Taipei Story

    ★★★★

    "It cannot be said that Taipei is a modern and Western-style city, in the same way that one could affirm this of Shanghai, for example. Rather it is an example of some generally late-capitalist urbanization (which one hesitates, except to make the point, to call postmodern), of a now classic proliferation of the urban fabric that one finds everywhere in the First and Third Worlds alike." - Frederick Jameson, The Geopolitical Aesthetic

    "How was Los Angeles?"
    "It's just like Taipei."…

  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★★★

    This is pretty much my life right now. No, not hooking up with Parker Posey, but the post-graduating living with your parents, jerking off every day, being unemployed, and getting drunk as much as possible hits so close to home. Also, it's really funny. I'm not sure how I'm going to go back to Rohmer for my talky sad comedies when Chris Eigeman isn't there.