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  • Scrooge

    Scrooge

    ★★★

    Very heavy on the subtitles, but for once that works in the movi's favor -- frequent paragraphs of Dickens' prose help ground the story and give it depth. Acting's a bit hammy, Scrooge's reformation seems to happen in a twinkle. Very pat.

    Watchlust, 2/2021: #83/85. all done.

  • Maria of the Sea

    Maria of the Sea

    ★★★

    Another seaside melodrama. I didn't mind seeing Victor Manuel Mendoza in a bathing suit... Director Soler does a decent job of finding pictorial values in the setting.

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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Glib and carelessly-imagined ode to privilege. I tried to ignore my distaste for the superficial artsiness of the characters, but after the scene where the blonde girl decided it would be kicks to go to a slummy-looking neighborhood and photograph sex-workers I just couldn't. Esp. when the SW were all "Hello, American Lady Woman! We love you! Come taste the wines and cheeses of my village!"

    An art-adjacent lifestyle is one thing, an arts career is another.

  • Out 1

    Out 1

    ★★★★

    It's got a gun and it's got a girl, so it's cinema. I think the only thing I can do right now is transcribe the notes I made to myself while I was watching it. Sustained thought? It's usually beyond me... and I want to read up on secondary materials before I commit to anything.

    Episode 1:

    It's absolutely a sequel to L'Amour Fou -- in that one, the characters were struggling against the collapse of meaning, and in this…