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  • The Story of Adele H.

    The Story of Adele H.

    ★★★★

    I wish the style of this movie was a bit less “PBS TV special”, but this is the Isabelle Adjani Show and wow does she knock it out of the park. She plays Adele Hugo, real-life daughter of Victor Hugo and a very troubled woman, hopelessly obsessed with a man who not only does not love her back but is getting understandably exhausted with her increasingly insane methods of reaching him. While it’s almost impossible to condone any of Adele’s…

  • The Cat o' Nine Tails

    The Cat o' Nine Tails

    ★★½

    I enjoyed Karl Malden and his actual commitment to acting blind (a lot of actors wouldn’t bother with it) but I’m getting tired of these giallo films that reveal who the killer is by seemingly picking names out of a hat. The momentum of the story is not leading us to a conclusion that is satisfying. It’s just like… oh it’s that one character, I guess? Okay. I suppose I liked Catherine Spaak and all her weird outfits.

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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★

    You may think you’re cool, but you’ll never be Elliott Gould as Detective Philip Marlowe cool.

    One of the great neo-noirs, this film takes a story that feels like it came out of the 1940’s but updates it with a grimy tone (not just dark like film noir) and a heightened sense of stakes and violence that fits for the 1970s. This isn’t a gory film, but there are certain genuine shocking moments of violence (one involving a Coke bottle…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    I’m just going to say this up top: I believe this belongs right beside 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining as one of Kubrick’s finest films.

    This was my second time watching this – it’s been about a year since I saw it the first time and I’m surprised I waited so long to revisit it. I think the first half of this film is some of the best representation of war ever put to celluloid. Often times we…