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  • Who's That Knocking at My Door

    Who's That Knocking at My Door

    ★★★

    This is one of, if not the first feature of director Martin Scorsese. It's about an Italian-American Catholic tough guy romancing a girl, just as simple as that. Watching this, a very early feature from distinctive auteur, it has practically everything we know and love about him: Italian-American machismo, Catholic imagery and guilt, spurts of violence, a cool soundtrack and cinephilia. It features a young Harvey Keitel in the lead role (and a young Robert De Niro in a cameo).…

  • The Daughter of Dawn

    The Daughter of Dawn

    ★★★½

    I found this little oddity on Netflix. I thought it was a modern picture but it turned out to be a silent film about Native Americans....and starring Native Americans. The plot is strictly basic: Chief's daughter wants to marry one man but another was promised to her. Classic love triangle stuff. The filmmaking is as basic as you can get. However, the fact that it stars Native Americans of the era, the film feels lived-in and authentic, as if almost…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…