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  • Visitors

    Visitors

    ★★★½

    I just saw this. I'm afraid this is one of those cases where my own artistic sensibility is not cultivated enough to see or understand most of what Reggio is doing. The black and white camera-work is beautiful. Philip Glass's score is magisterial and sometimes foreboding. The film captures the beauty of the human face, whether happy or sad, young or old, male or female, smooth or wrinkled, still or in motion. The different expressions these people have - the…

  • The Best Offer

    The Best Offer

    ★★★★

    It has been a long time since I saw an outstanding mystery. Some mysteries are compelling because they excite you by asking you to try and figure out the solution with the protagonist. The hunt for the answer begins to feel like a treasure hunt. Other mysteries are great stories because they also tie in a substantive theme, the understanding of which by the protagonist depends on the solving of the mystery. This film is both.

    In this case, like…

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  • The Browning Version

    The Browning Version

    ★★★★½

    An understated, just under-the-surface, powerful performance by Redgrave as a classics professor whose career and subject of study has become increasingly unpopular in the modern age, and which has not been helped by his own temperament. He finds that one old epic Greek tragedy by Aeschylus parallels his own life in more ways than he at first suspected. It's got some memorable lines ("I am of the opinion that, occasionally, an anti-climax can be surprisingly effective." - "You must not…

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    The Double Life of Veronique

    ★★★★★

    It's hard to find the words to describe how this film haunts you after you watch it. My favorite thing I've read on the film so far was simply in the introductory paragraphs of the little Criterion Collection book that comes with the DVD:

    "Nigel Andrews of the Financial Times commented, 'I believe we are being hypnotized in The Double Life of Veronique ... How else to explain the ability of a French-Polish film with a nonsensical plot premise ...…