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  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    ★★★★★

    It’s impossible not to fall in love with Giulietta Masina. She’s just so ALIVE. She’s touchable too - you can reach out and feel her. She responds to it. You apply value to her - a peculiar significance is placed on her by you. She becomes emblematic of all your amplified emotions - some of which you are too reserved to even express without cowardice. Masina becomes a mystical token of your affections. She operates as hyper-emotional iconography. She’s like…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

    A fantastic film.

    Frank is a thief in every sense of the word. He carries around a collage he made in prison of his wants, desires, hopes, and dreams. It’s a collage exclusively composed of cut-out magazine spreads and found photographs. It looks like a busy and fatalistic postcard. It’s comprised of stolen elements.

    He has two father figures that represent diametrically opposed moralities. Neither patriarchal figure is related to him by blood - he stole these men’s affections.

    He…

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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    I haven't written anything about Brian De Palma and that's surprising. Ten years ago I was obsessed with his films. I studied every one with complete fascination. I had most of them memorized. I bought every book about him that I could get my hands on and took extensive notes from them, as if I were his biographer. I compiled my own De Palma scrapbook with interviews, film reviews, concept art, and storyboards. De Palma is the reason I'm not…

  • La Notte

    La Notte

    ★★★★★

    How do I put this delicately? La Notte is simply the finest film I have ever seen. I have reached this point after much careful consideration. The mastery of the film is inescapable and the conclusion I have come to feels inevitable. La Notte is a perfect example of the cinema's ultimate grammar. It's the best film in the whole world.

    La Notte is a film of reflections, of internalized deterioration made visibly external through false extensions of our composite…