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  • Pather Panchali
  • Gates of Heaven
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • My Neighbor Totoro

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  • Monsoon Wedding

    ★★★★

  • Petey Wheatstraw

    ★★★

  • Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★½

  • Cure

    ★★★★★

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  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★★★

    "Oh, just name anything and I've done it."

    This movie is beyond wild. Describing the plot either undersells it or makes it sound made up, which is a great sign for a comedy. Imagine if the script was written by a dozen gag writers in a 100 page relay. Logic is dead, long live chaos. Grant and Hepburn, at this stage in life, clearly have zero shits to give, seemingly motivated purely on trying to make each other laugh. Accidental…

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Trouble in Paradise

    ★★★★★

    “Don't you remember the day you took that Chinese vase from the Royal Palace? And you made it into a lamp for my night table.”
    “I remember the lamp, I remember the night table... . and I remember the night.”

    Is this top 10? I think this might be top 10? I don’t know, but it’s definitely an all-timer.

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  • Monsoon Wedding

    Monsoon Wedding

    ★★★★

    So sumptuous and lush, I almost want to eat it.
    There are some scenes that could benefit from having more time to breathe but the colors, drama, comedy, and romance are more than enough. A rare spectacle that hits all the modal notes just right.

  • Petey Wheatstraw

    Petey Wheatstraw

    ★★★

    Rudy Ray Moore is a rhyming madman. It suffers a lot for having many of the cheapest qualities of ultra low budget blaxploitation, with the wooden acting and some costumes that seem to come straight out of Manos: The Hands of Fate. However makes up for it with its sense of humor and ingenuity that is almost on par with early Monty Python. It's crude, rude, but it has attitude.

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  • One Child Nation

    One Child Nation

    ★★★★★

    Fearless is an overused and misused word in criticism, a cheap label for films and filmmakers that are simply transgressive and occasionally stylish. Like, is it really fearless of Tarantino to make another postmodern, ultra-violent genre flick? No. Fun, but no.

    The word should be reserved for filmmakers like Nanfu Wang, who puts a political target on her head, and lays bare an entire history of family tragedy, which results in one of the most heartbreaking, personal, and vital pieces of cinematic journalism of the year.

  • Billie

    Billie

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

    "Is there any perversity in this?"

    This is a painful one to rate.
    Billie Holiday one of the most fascinating and tragic icons of American music, let alone jazz. As the film portrays, she is a singer who was trapped in a cycle of exploitation and abuse that fueled her ability as a performer, leading to a tragically early death. If nothing else the filmmakers provide a gripping narrative; yet in an attempt to shake the music doc formula up, it…