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  • Winter Light
  • The Wind Rises
  • Dog Day Afternoon
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  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

  • The Stranger

    ★★★½

  • White Men Can't Jump

    ★★★★

  • My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★½

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  • The Verdict

    The Verdict

    ★★★★★

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

    a goddamn masterpiece about how fucking arduous and painful it is to do the right thing. a film that knows that making the right choice doesn’t happen through one ecstatic moment of crisis, but rather from the process of making countless right choices, and avoiding every cop out of despair or compromise. and importantly, a film about a man who knows how hard all this is, who has tried and failed in the past to live righteously and has lost…

  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    ★★★★★

    When I was ten, I was shut inside the mortuary at [a local hospital]… The outer door had slammed shut and I was alone with the dead… or those in suspended animation. At any moment, one of them might rise up and grab hold of me.-  Ingmar Bergman in the Magic Lantern (1987) 

    the summer before i went into high school, i took a three week class in existentialism, which happened to be where i was first introduced to bergman,…

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  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

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

    the funky focus in the mirror interrogation scene, with one person in the foreground in focus and the other person in the same plane blurry but with their reflection in focus, is the coolest fucking thing i’ve seen in a movie in a hot minute

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★½

    it’s a bit baffling that this movie is good. on paper it sounds like the 1980’s version of two dudes who think their conversations are so innately compelling that they’ve just gotta start a podcast. and when i think about a lot of the conversation topics out of context, they seem nauseatingly pretentious and navel gazey. and if they were presented in a spalding gray-esque monologue, they probably would feel that way, but as a dialogue over a meal it…

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  • White Heat

    White Heat

    ★★★★★

    my god, what an absolutely perfect movie. it’s always exciting to be watching an older movie and recognize that some element therein is responsible for ripples in the film landscape that are still being felt today, and cagney’s performance of manic criminality is one of the clearest examples of that phenomenon. 

    barring the one slightly clumsy moment of psychological exposition delivered by the treasury agent, which i’m more than willing to forgive given the way it heightens so many later…

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    Elevator to the Gallows

    ★★★★½

    kids, please don’t listen to this movie. gardenal is absolutely lethal, don’t mess around with this this shit