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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

    ★★★

    Call me crazy, but I have always preferred this to the first one. Maybe because so much focus is given to Donatello, who is objectively the best Turtle. Come at me haters

  • Face/Off

    Face/Off

    ★★★★★

    Just kind of stumbled into rewatching FACE/OFF, which of course is an American masterpiece

    I've remarked before on the comparisons between Woo and Bergman, and in particular this film and PERSONA, but was struck this time with its Lynchian quality. Basic situation is a (superior) restatement of LOST HIGHWAY, light and dark trading places, but that ending out-Lynches Lynch. We have, over 1.5 hours, grown accustomed to image of Cage as good guy, Travolta as bad guy, BUT ALL OF…

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  • The Scarlet Empress

    The Scarlet Empress

    ★★★★★

    Just a nonstop parade of astonishing images and Dietrich being brilliant.

  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    ★★★½

    Part 5 of Baz-A-List! 2018:

    Baz certainly makes THE GREAT GATSBY his own, and avoids the pratfalls he previously took adapting great lit on ROMEO PLUS JULIET. The heart of the story, the tragic love and longing sadness, the fleetingness of beauty and the beauty of fleetingness, that's all there, and Baz in many ways can capture this better than anyone (except maybe Fincher in BENJAMIN BUTTON, another film I love that isn't widely respected). The style of this film…