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  • The Saragossa Manuscript

    The Saragossa Manuscript

    ★★★★½

    It's telling that I just watched this last night and yet I can't wait to rewatch it again. But I don't want to do it so soon, because I'm really enjoying letting this movie just simmer in my mind. (Also it's three hours long.) It's a Dali or Magritte painting come-to-life, bursting with surrealist imagery and a riveting experimental musical score. It's also laugh out loud funny, totally in that Jodorowsky vein of walking the line of mystical, satirical and…

  • Charlie Bubbles

    Charlie Bubbles

    ★★★★½

    Fuck, I wish Albert Finney directed more movies. This is like a surrealist, kitchen sink drama set inside of a golden convertible Rolls-Royce, but with a quiet, punk-rock and almost existentialist slant. It's a fantastic little film that perfectly captures what it feels like to be profoundly depressed without being consciously aware of it. Charlie is a successful and rich writer, but he wanders through life one step removed from himself–he's doing fine, but emotionally he's not all there. At…

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  • Marriage on the Rocks

    Marriage on the Rocks

    ★★½

    By 1965 we are now fully submerged into don't-give-a-fuck territory with both Sinatra and Martin. Marriage on the Rocks is a slight if not bizarre offering: Sinatra is a too-busy-with-work business man and Deborah Kerr is his well kept housewife who's ready to divorce him on the grounds of "sheer boredom." Dean Martin plays the close family friend / bachelor-deluxe who ends up having to entertain Kerr while Sinatra is too busy to notice she's alive. Meanwhile Sinatra and Kerr's…

  • In Like Flint

    In Like Flint

    ★★★

    Eh I'm being a little generous here because the pacing of this one sucks so hard, but there's enough eyebrow raising moments scattered throughout that it almost makes up for it. The best part of this one is that the plot runs on pure male anxiety–it's about the fear of womens spaces and how when women get together and compare notes they start to becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their male overlords. In the film they use the excuse of brain…

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  • The Way We Were

    The Way We Were

    ★★★★

    This isn't the story about people who drift apart because of politics, this is the story of a woman with convictions (whether you agree with them or not) and intelligence, and a wuss-ass (drop dead beautiful) white boy who has never had to care about or fight for anything in his life.

    They're initially attracted to each other because they each have something the other wishes they could possess. For Redford, Streisand represents the exciting world of fringe living, of…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★½

    I keep thinking this poster is an artful suggestion of a man's torso and the little lights on the bridge cables are nipples