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  • King of New York

    ★★★★★

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  • Fateful Findings

    Fateful Findings

    2023 movie viewings, #4. It's Neil Breen Week around here at my place, and today I watched movie #3 of his five-film (soon to be six) remarkable run as "the best terrible movie producer of our generation." This one is particularly well-known as Breen's "breakout" film into mainstream awareness (this was his first movie to actually show in theaters, as well as in the midnight programming of such respectable events as the Seattle International Film Festival), largely because of Breen…

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★★★

    2023 movie viewings, #3. This was my second watch of this early hit by Abel Ferrara, in which Christopher Walken plays the whitest leader of a black street gang who's ever existed (see the film itself for the complicated reason why this is), who has gained a social conscience after his last stint in jail and has decided that he wants to take over the streets of a pregentrified New York City again but now so he can put the…

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  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★★½

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
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    Week 12: Orson Welles

    Ah, genius youth -- is there any greater curse? After a charmed early career in which he could literally do no wrong, first in live theater (where among other accolades he produced the first-ever all-black Shakespeare production on Broadway), and then radio (where his infamously realistic modern updating of War of the Worlds caused a national panic), the 24-year-old Welles then hit…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    I originally downloaded this as part of "Michael Haneke" week of the 2017 Film School Dropouts challenge, but didn't get around to watching it until last month. Against my better judgement, I keep watching Haneke films on a regular basis, in the hopes that I'll finally understand why so many otherwise intelligent people admire him so much (he's a regular winner on the festival circuit, for those who don't know, and is adored by the academic art-film crowd); yet after…