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  • Lucy in the Sky

    Lucy in the Sky

    An honest-to-goodness bad film! Bad script. Bad editing. Bad character development. Bad (thuddingly bad!) cinematography. Bad music!!! And all this makes Portman’s overwrought perf downright embarrassing.

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    We, collectively, were not ready for this in 2008. An incredibly accurate (and completely nihilistic) portrayal of the absolute buffoonery and chaos emanating from the country’s highest echelon. Don’t know if it was always like this - probably? - but it’s definitely all out in the open now and this movie was prophetic.

    Also very purely enjoyable on rewatch 11 yrs later. Don’t know what that says about me...

  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    ★★★★½

    Very directly confronting mid-20th century women’s issues but also is a pretty timeless document about the fundamental essence of womanhood. So warm, open and optimistic. Oh, Varda <3

  • Who Saw Her Die?

    Who Saw Her Die?

    ★★★½

    Even less coherent, plot-wise, than your avg giallo but more than makes up for it with great atmosphere, strong emotional core and a KILLER score.

  • Psychomania

    Psychomania

    ★★★

    Man, did the 70s produce a lot of weird genre-less British....horror....folk...musical...oddities. This is a pretty bad movie but not without its unique charms.

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★★

    Previously viewed this as one of Anderson's lesser, more meandering versions of the broken family trope, if not one of his most gorgeously rendered. Appreciating the characters and structure much more on this viewing, especially post-train, separated from the fantastical world of the Darjeeling Ltd and no longer shielded and compartmentalized from reality and each other. What I perceived as uneven tone and especially pace between the two acts now actually works for me, to underscore the halting, resistant, one-step…

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★

    A gustatory collage of food, humor and cultural insight that feels downright anthropological yet effortlessly entertaining and endearing.

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★½

    Vividly nasty. To borrow a phrase, man, Greenaway is a cookie full of arsenic. Still, I sort of (?) loved this.

  • Swing Shift

    Swing Shift

    ★★★

    As it stands: genial, pretty, well-meaning - but so slight. Hints at what could have been a really great film glimmer just underneath; I feel even worse for Demme having now seen it. However, worth watching JUST for the blink-and-you-miss-it shot of Ed Harris' kibbles and bits flashing through a towel fold as he flops down in a chair. A+

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    Not narratively strong, and felt pretty heavily scripted - but the maelstrom of anger propelling this film through the performances was, at the very least, an impressively developed and executed emotional feat.

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★

    Time has not been kind to this one. Bela Lugosi lives up to his legend by sheer charisma, and there are some great shots and atmospheric scenes. But this just does not have any narrative momentum nor are any of the performances outside of Lugosi's inspired or even really good.

  • Fish Story

    Fish Story

    ★★★½

    A delightful little trifle