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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    A total masterpiece.

    Looking forward to my second viewing. I can't possibly imagine that there will be a greater film released this year.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★½

    Re-watched the brilliant segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled." It's heartbreaking and perfect.

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  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★

    Sophia Coppola's cool and deliberate retelling of Thomas Cullinan's Southern gothic potboiler is very pretty, featuring elegant cinematography, costume and production design; not to mention strong performances by Farrell, Kidman, Dunst and Fanning -- but overall this is weak tea compared to Don Siegel's masterfully perverse 1971 adaptation. Coppola's decision to leave out the slave character is a major mistake, and the film's overall chasteness toward matters of sex, and the overall bloodless way she deals with their captive soldier's limb towards the end, diminishes the effect of the material overall.

  • My Own Private River

    My Own Private River

    ★★★★

    I have been trying to find this film for a number of years, and it appears Franco has finally posted it on Youtube:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvA5HN6cboY

    A beautiful companion piece to Van Sant's original film.