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  • Tokyo Twilight

    Tokyo Twilight

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Surprised not so much by how dramatic this is relative to the five or so other Ozus I've seen, but by how bitter - he lays it on particularly thick with the ugly and hardened abortionist. Still, so many lovely gestures - I appreciate that this one begins and ends with the hapless father but its sympathies are clearly with the next generation.

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    ★★★★★

    For what it's worth, I'd advise watching this with some kind of routine - one or two episodes per night over a couple of weeks is probably ideal.

    I'm struggling to avoid hyperbolic cliche - it's mammoth and singular and dazzling and elusive and intimidating and piercing and I'm sad it's over but thrilled at the prospect of watching it all again.

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★

    My instinct now is to nitpick - Luke's marooning on Hoth seems so pointless, Han's treatment of Leia is like a blueprint for troll-her-into-submission Twitter tactics, the music absolutely smothers every scene, and the trauma of the big twist is given about twenty seconds of screentime. Still, I spent the entire movie wishing I was twelve and seeing it for the first time. It's so overwhelming!

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★½

    Definitely one of the great biopics, not least because it dismantles its subject without offering up some explanatory childhood trauma or granting redemption. What else can I say about the subtle writing, terrific performances (Pesci!), bold editing, and extraordinary lighting? Not much.