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Favorite films

  • Stop Making Sense
  • ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen
  • India Song
  • Quick Billy

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  • Licorice Pizza

  • Sons of the Good Earth

  • The Valiant Ones

  • Painted Skin

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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ½

    broke: The Birth of a Nation is racist, but we mustn't neglect its film-historical impact

    woke: no amount of formal innovation can excuse such virulent racism

    bespoke: its film-historical impact is bad too because it invented movies that are way too long

  • Variations

    Variations

    Maybe, post-American Beauty, it's hard to take seriously a film that aestheticizes a plastic bag being blown by the wind, and maybe, imminently pre-climate collapse, it's hard to take seriously a film that aestheticizes human detritus in general, but Dorsky makes it worth the effort.

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  • The Public Woman

    The Public Woman

    The library DVD stopped working with like 5 minutes to go, which really doesn't help the argument against piracy.

  • Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974

    Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974

    An excursus on Japanese movie titles:

    There are two trends in Japanese movie titles that I don't see that much in other countries. First is the tendency for some of the classical directors to have a bunch of films with confusingly similar titles. Naruse has Floating Clouds and Scattered Clouds, and about a million films with "wife" or "woman" in the title (and even one with both). Ozu has the "I Blanked, But..." films, a bunch of movies with "Tokyo"…