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  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★

  • PlayTime

    ★★★★

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  • The Iron Rose

    The Iron Rose

    ★★★★

    After so many films I think I can finally summarize just what it is that Rollin is doing in these movies that I find so enthralling - and it's that he's creating a cinema that's one of the purest distillations of a classical aesthetic of death and decay I know of. So many of the images he composes are drawn from a deep tradition, a kind of collective unconscious that he feeds on to inspire feelings of the sublime, to…

  • La Cérémonie

    La Cérémonie

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One of the big problems with the way I review movies is that I usually do so not long after seeing them, almost always on the same night, so my reviews aren't so much my congealed thoughts about a film as much as they are my first, unformed impressions, the stuff that I was immediately thinking about after I finished the film and while experiencing it for the first time. Oftentimes that's fine, and nothing much changes or occurs to…

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  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★

    For some reason I'd not seen this up until now (nor any Resnais other than a watch of Marienbad over a decade ago by now probably) and I think I harbored some secret fear this might be one of the nouvelle vague classics I wouldn't be able to warm to. That was dumb because this is precisely the kind of cinema I can easily lose myself in and it was no exception here - Resnais, with the writing aid of…

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★

    I remember a conversation with my mother when I was quite young in which I asked her if all the housing and identikit office buildings of the city I grew up in were really all the world comprised; she responded something along the lines of "well, yeah, what else would there be?" and I still recall the intense disappointment I felt back then I think for the first challenge to the idealistic spirit of my childhood and my idea that…

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  • The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour

    ★★★★

    Mary Tilford vs Veda Pierce deathmatch for the title of most loathable child in cinema

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★★

    Back in the days of the Old Hollywood there was a whole subgenre of the woman's picture that revolved around women essentially coded as spinsters/sexually repressed discovering themselves and their potential for romance, in Hays Code friendly ways of course - think Now, Voyager especially as the ur-example of this. At first this film hints that it might be a kind of modern take on the same material, and it is certainly a film about deepset sexual neurosis, but it…