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  • Persona
  • Apocalypse Now
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  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★

  • Antoine and Colette

    ★★★★

  • Shoot the Piano Player

    ★★★½

  • Love in the Afternoon

    ★★★★½

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  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★★½

    Elaine May’s triumph is probably the most unromantic gangster film ever, a post-Godfather corrective that shows the sleazy, ugly, grimy side of a world of cons, betrayals and hits (though Mikey and Nicky was conceived and written before that film). It turns both the buddy movie and the hero’s journey on its head, so much so that when one of the two leads is gunned down at the end you’re glad he’s finally being put out of your misery. Call…

  • The Getaway

    The Getaway

    ★★★★

    Taut, tense, thrilling and a bit transgressive in terms of both its violence and casual misogyny, The Getaway is what I imagine the ideal Peckinpah film is supposed to be - though I know the man himself certainly didn’t think so. I’m still coming up to speed with his oeuvre, having only seen The Wild Bunch before this and "Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia". The Getaway is very much what a Jim Thompson pulp-noir novel looks and sounds…

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  • Ballplayer: Pelotero

    Ballplayer: Pelotero

    ★★★★★

    Let me say right up front: this is not just for baseball fans. A near-perfect documentary about teenage would-be ballplayers in the Dominican Republic, and the Major League Baseball ecosystem of money and fame that corrupts and yet drives them. When you hear about Dominicans in the MLB who lie about their ages, take steroids and so on, watch this film. You may not approve, but you'll understand a bit more about the grinding poverty of the country and the…

  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★★★★

    This 1970 stunner was mostly hidden from all but the most dedicated cinephile’s view for years, until Criterion re-released it in a deluxe edition this year. I watched it with jaw dropped on the very first day the new Criterion Channel streaming service debuted. What a way to validate the subscription fee! If I’d seen this film during my initial 1970s cinema education/immersion (i.e. in the 70s themselves, and in the 10-15 years following), I’d have absolutely had it perched…