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  • Scenes from a Marriage
  • The Big City
  • Casablanca
  • The Hole

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  • Days

    ★★★★½

  • High Tide

    ★★★

  • Little Man, What Now?

    ★★★★

  • Tommy Boy

    ★★★★

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  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★½

    A new Tsai film is always cause for celebration. But, full disclosure... 40 minutes into this one, I was nodding off and paused to take a nap. That's not unusual, I nap a lot these days. But this film was not grabbing me at first. Tsai's images of nothing happening may put most people to sleep anyway, for me they are always buzzing with underlying tension, emotional complexity, or just human fascination. However, the 16-minute scene of Non (Anong Houngheuangsy),…

  • High Tide

    High Tide

    ★★★

    Normally if I were writing a review of a noir, especially a lesser-known one, I’d start off with a plot capsule. But I don’t think it’s worth it in this case. The story is pretty convoluted and wouldn’t entice anyone to see it anyway. Basically, it’s a rather nondescript tale of a reporter turned private investigator who gets hired by his former editor to protect him. Likewise, the stars — Lee Tracy and Don Castle — aren’t much of a…

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  • The Scent of Green Papaya

    The Scent of Green Papaya

    ★★★★★

    This is my 6th time watching this film. Each time I get a little more out of it, plunging further into its hidden depths. At first I was simply intoxicated with its atmosphere. Tran’s recreation of 1951 and 1961 Saigon is unspeakably lovely. He takes time to drink in all the details: papaya juice dripping onto a leaf, the ripples in a bucket of water, the play of sun and shadow, the intricate decorations on an urn. With lush greens…

  • Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

    Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

    In the mid 1990′s, as a young man with my share of ironic sensibilities, I owned the “Shut Up Little Man!” CD. It was a series of recordings made by “Eddie Lee Sausage” and “Mitchell D” in their apartment from 1987 to 1989. They had been taping the two middle-aged men next door, Raymond and Peter (and occasionally their friend Tony), who would constantly get into screaming, drunken and sometimes violent arguments. There was an amusing schadenfreude to it, especially…