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  • Purple Noon

    Purple Noon

    ★★★★★

    Like the original source material by Patricia Highsmith, most of Purple Noon is a deep dive into what you might call the “criminal mind”. The shifty way Ripley moves, talks, observes is so thoughtfully calculated to best avoid capture. I credit Alain Delon in part for this level of detail. His performance as Ripley definitely adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the film. I occasionally wonder if Delon’s criminal dealings in his own life helped him portray Tom with…

  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    Barry Lyndon is very much a Kubrick film, yet it distinguishes itself within the director’s body of work. The protagonist here (as usual) is morally corrupt and, at the height of his social success, perhaps devoid of morals altogether. But Redmond’s antiheroism seems almost likable at first. Actions that drive the first act are founded in wholesome principles of love, fear, or honesty, as opposed to simple greed or belligerence. Young Redmond is presented to us as a naive troublemaker, lacking…

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