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  • The Cloud-Capped Star

    The Cloud-Capped Star

    ★★★★★

    Unapologetically does everything cinema can do to give this melodrama as much feeling as possible. It’s now one of my most wanted restorations.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    It's a competent movie - Lady Gaga lives up to the role's legacy with ease, the songs are memorable and well-performed, and the chemistry between the two leads works. That being said, the 1954 version is an expressionistic masterpiece, and I very much doubted going in that this one would be anywhere near as good, and I was right (even though the ending here is probably better). For all its strengths, it has none of the feeling, formal beauty, emotional…

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  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    ★★★★

    This concerns the whole movie, Parts 1 and 2.

    There's something inherently satisfying about seeing history play out on film, especially when it's in pristine quality like in the recent Blu-ray release of Olympia. The Olympics is a wonderful subject for a four-hour documentary, and it's made much more interesting because it's about the most interesting Olympic games likely ever, considering Hitler and Jesse Owens play major roles. The Nazi element provides subtle tension by default, and seeing the games…

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★★

    Why do we go to the movies? I think that it’s to escape, first and foremost. Every movie is an escape in one way or another, even if it’s grounded in realism. Movies allow us to visit new places, meet new people, and experience new situations. If you’re going to escape, it might as well be to a happy place, where everything is cheerful, fun, and joyful. When that’s my goal, I cannot think of a better movie to get…