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  • Taris

    Taris

    ★★★★½

    I was going to do all of Vigo’s shorts, which would have added Zéro de conduit to this post, but I realized that the Vigo’s first two shorts, À propos de Nice (1930) and Taris, roi de l’eau (1931), were of a different genre than that film, which is a fictional story about life in a boarding school. These two films are documentary shorts, though as I’ll go into a little later, they stretch the boundaries of that genre a…

  • À propos de Nice

    À propos de Nice

    ★★★★½

    I was going to do all of Vigo’s shorts, which would have added Zéro de conduit to this post, but I realized that the Vigo’s first two shorts, À propos de Nice (1930) and Taris, roi de l’eau (1931), were of a different genre than that film, which is a fictional story about life in a boarding school. These two films are documentary shorts, though as I’ll go into a little later, they stretch the boundaries of that genre a…

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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★½

    A.I. is a movie of troubled history. Everybody knows that it was developed by Stanley Kubrick before he died and then Steven Spielberg took over and, some say, ruined it. But that's not quite right. During the 12 year development process Kubrick realized it wasn't really a Kubrick kind of movie and gave it to Spielberg himself, saying it was more suited to his sensibilities. It is. This is no spiritual successor to 2001, though some of the same ideas…

  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★★

    My fourth Chaplin in a year. I think I like the guy. His tramp character is one of the all time greats and here he gets to play rich, drunk, and in love. All three are great modes for the tramp to play in. The (pretending to be) rich tramp is a delight, full of pomposity and with an even springier step than normal, he walks around like he owns the place. Drunk tramp is maybe the best thing ever.…