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  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★★

    The quintessential near-faultless noir on a shoestring budget.
    Allen Baron has the perfect looks for the role; two parts De Niro, one part Lino Ventura, with a twist of George C. Scott.
    Stinging shots of New York City scattered throughout. Stark and searing narration with smooth and immaculate writing by the legendary Waldo Salt.
    A film of bleak desperation and anguished loneliness.

  • Merci pour le Chocolat

    Merci pour le Chocolat

    ★★★★

    No one like Chabrol can pique our curiosity so subliminally and keep us fixed to the screen so mysteriously. This is a film that wields its music so deftly; each accompaniment parallels every scene and the entire storyline. All details are placed intentionally. Many shots have underlying meaning.

    As in many of her other endeavors, the film pivots directly on Isabelle Huppert's sublime performance.

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  • I Wake Up Screaming

    I Wake Up Screaming

    ★★★½

    Well worth seeing if only for the top notch performance of the brilliant Laird Cregar. He simply shines. This film is a great introduction for anyone unfamiliar with this underrated, fantastically talented actor.

    Unique soundtrack and great lighting.

  • The Painting

    The Painting

    ★★★½

    A colorful and multitextured parable. Beautifully animated; creative and profound.