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  • New York, New York

    New York, New York

    ★★★★

    Actually better than I expected. Considered second tier Scorsese, but even his weaker films are as good as a lot of top tier stuff released today.
    The opening ball sequence is my favorite part of the film, which is both technically impressive, and Robert de Niro’s stalking women is amusing to watch. The marriage proposal scene is also a stand out, a very awkward moment and that’s why it’s memorable. Robert de Niro was convincing as a saxophonist, although I’m…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    Considering the Best Picture buzz, and my appreciation of Whiplash, La La Land was a disappointment.
    Let's start off with the positives. Apparently Ryan Gosling spent two hours a day, six days a week learning the La La Land music by heart, so that effort deserves praise. I liked the defence of jazz, with mentions of Charlie Parker, Chick Webb and Count Basie. The dance in the stars sequence was memorable, and the City of Stars song is catchy if…

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    ★★★

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.