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  • Honor Among Lovers

    ★★

  • Floating Weeds

    ★★★★½

  • A Story of Floating Weeds

    ★★★★½

  • My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres

    ★★★

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  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive

    ★★★★★

    I've been watching The Spirit of the Beehive regularly in order to fall asleep. Not every night, but on nights when I am too tired to read or watch something new but not quite tired enough to close my eyes right away. I've watched the film 3 or 4 times now all the way through, but I don't log it because I haven't really watched the whole thing - I usually fall asleep after twenty minutes or so, either turning…

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  • Honor Among Lovers

    Honor Among Lovers

    ★★

    Claudette Colbert is stuck between a sleazy harassing boss and Monroe Owsley and we all know how he turns out. She still manages to be glamorous and classy somehow and I guess March is supposed to redeem himself? The cops are total shit in this so you know it’s real life. Charles Ruggles tries not to be the comedic relief since this is a real straight-faced pinkies up drama but he can’t help himself. This isn’t very good but there’s much worse out there and it’s over before you can figure out how quickly you’d give up everything for Colbert.

  • A Story of Floating Weeds

    A Story of Floating Weeds

    ★★★★½

    Watched with Richie’s commentary, which focuses primarily on the unique structural aesthetic and thematic components which help define Ozu as a modernist and make this a major film in his catalog. I don’t always agree with Richie on Ozu but this is a good overview of his more compelling observations.  

    The film itself remains exceptional in its humanism and sophisticated combination of opulent technique and narrative economy.

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