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  • Remembrance

    Remembrance

    ★★★★

    Maybe sort of like Annaud's 2001 ENEMY AT THE GATES, that film with Jude Law and Rachel Weisz trying to hook up during WWII. Yeah, that was all it was, ha. Or especially a lot like Pakula's SOPHIE'S CHOICE? Justice's REMEMBRANCE is loosely based on the true story of Jerzy Bielecki and Cyla Cybulska, both very important resisters of Nazi concentration camp evil. Cutting between Auschwitz 1944 and NYC 1976, the very dark Holocaust horror is nicely juxtaposed with barely-dim…

  • Traitors

    Traitors

    ★★★★½

    PI star Gullette directs an oddity. Slung between WE ARE THE BEST (for foreign punk music) and MARIA FULL OF GRACE (for sorry young girl turned drug mule); and ultimately better than both films. TRAITORS is in Tangiers in Morocco and follows Malika desperate for money for her band. I don't know why the picture's in this setting exactly: a young girl needing money for her punk band is cool enough without Morocco, but here we are, and there's sharpness…

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  • Fanny & Alexander

    Fanny & Alexander

    ★★★

    Maybe it's because I watched the 3-hour version and not the 5-hour one, but it surprises me that Fanny hardly appears in the film at all... and Alexander is central, but not dominant in the least. Odd that something titled with two characters' names would hardly feature those characters at all. Regardless, this is a great piece of art, hefty and extensive but never overwhelming.

    It surveys a privileged Swedish family, the Ekdahls, as they work through the unhappiness following…

  • Patton

    Patton

    ★★★★

    Whether you think PATTON is informed more by WWII and Patton in profile (Nazis, etc.) or by Vietnam and America in context (hippies, etc.) may speak to what kind of fucked up person you are. Discussing war, observing the devastation, wryly pondering doing away with it… "Just like your poetry, it isn't part of the twentieth century" an acolyte tells Patton, and he agrees and says "The world grew up" with a bittersweet sadness. From a script co-written by Francis…