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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★

    I rewatched this for my one lone contribution to Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 3, the text of which I've reproduced below:

    The opening prologue of Shane Carruth's sophomore feature Upstream Color tell you, through pure sound and image, just about everything you need to know about the movie to come, stylistically and thematically. For one thing, there's the quick editing rhythms: Somewhat in the manner of Terrence Malick, director Shane Carruth and co-editor David Lowery give you brief…

  • Black Butterfly

    Black Butterfly

    Honestly, I don't think there are that many films that I would genuinely consider complete wastes of time.

    This Misery/The Shining ripoff joins an extremely select category, then. Um...congratulations, Brian Goodman & co.?

    I reviewed this disaster for Paste here. Not mentioned in that review: Abel Ferrara, of all people, makes a one-scene cameo in this. I hope he was well-paid for it.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Seven episodes in the life of the titular medieval Russian icon painter, all of which add up to one of the most vivid and detailed cinematic depictions I've ever seen of the life of an artist. From naive optimism about human nature to an abject despair that leads him to swear off art-making for about 15 years, then finally a renewal of his passion with the help of a former monk and a young bellmaker (whose obsessive quest to finish…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    Going into finally seeing this classic screwball comedy for the first time ever, I knew I was in for fast-paced dialogue and endlessly fresh verbal wit. The film certainly didn't disappoint on those fronts. Rarely have I seen a movie so brilliantly demonstrate the possibility of dialogue as pedal-to-the-metal action; I'm still reeling from having all that overlapping dialogue blast into my face for such a sustained period of screen time, especially in its second half!

    I hadn't, however, expected…