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  • Ordinary People

    Ordinary People

    ★★★

    I don't know, this just didn't really click with me for some reason. The scenes with the psychiatrist in particular seemed half-baked. In my head I kept seeing another version of this film where the scenes with the parents were jettisoned in favor of more scenes between Conrad and Jeannine. I would've loved to see that.

  • The Passionate Friends

    The Passionate Friends

    ★★★½

    This is a charming film but Trevor Howard and Ann Todd are totally eclipsed by Claude Rains, which is a bit of a problem as he's only a supporting character in the story. I guess this only goes to show what Claude Rains could do!

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  • Broken Flowers

    Broken Flowers

    ★★★★★

    It would be very easy to find fault with Broken Flowers. It's too slow, nothing really happens, the main character is one-dimensional. Robert McKee would no doubt be apopleptic with rage. And they're all fair criticisms. The movie is slow, the protagonist is a closed book, nothing much does happen.

    This is of course all done very deliberately by Jim Jarmusch. Like that teacher you didn't like in high school, he asks you to do more work than you're used…

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

    What do you say about films like this? They evoke so many deep emotions in you that are hard (if not impossible) to put into words and leave you shellshocked. This is what good art can do to a person.

    I always get a kick out of films and books that manage to do a lot with very little, and this is certainly one of those films. I mean, if you boil this down it's just a guy driving around…