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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece. My favorite film of the year so far, which is impressive given that Hereditary and Sorry To Bother You also came out this year. Perhaps I'm ranking it so high because it's a checklist of things I like in movies. It has a multitude of themes with no one dominating. It's examination of rehearsals impacting life and vice versa is similar to Rivette's work. It has the casual surrealism you find in the every day. It's funny and…

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    The Ox-Bow Incident

    ★★★

    The western as a nightmare. The town drunk isn't a source of mirth but horror as he keeps making jokes about hanging someone. The tough-old-broad who rides with the men has a witch's cackle. The men sense it's all going to turn out for the worst but are powerless to stop it. When dawn comes, it doesn't bring an end to a long dark night's quarrels and recriminations. It's brings a hanging.

    The Ox-Bow Incident is almost a courtroom drama…

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  • Shampoo

    Shampoo

    ★★★★

    Over the course of two days, everything changes for a shallow hairdresser in Beverly Hills, both on a large scale (Nixon has just won the election) and small (three of his lovers leave him).

    Shampoo's structured like a farce, ultimately bringing George and his lovers, both known and secret, not only to the same party but to the same table. It's a Rules of the Game for the sexual revolution, shot in a naturalistic style. But the mood is more…

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★½

    I don't have the sentimental attachment to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood that some my generation or those younger do. As a child I found it a little slow, preferring the manic energy of Sesame Street and The Electric Company. It just didn't hold my interest.

    My frustrations with Won't You Be My Neighbor are my usual ones with documentaries edited for association and entertainment rather than information or clarity. (Such films are more like magazine profiles than documentary films.) The jumping…