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  • Elmer Gantry

    Elmer Gantry

    ★★★

    This is a thoroughly mediocre adaption of one of the great works of American literature. Lancaster is great as the charismatic and cynical Gantry, but far too much of the original novel is left on the cutting room floor. The film delights too easily in Gantry’s penchant for rhetoric and manipulation. I can’t help but compare the film’s depiction of the protagonist to that of the original novel. This isn’t a bad film by any means, but it’s a little…

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★★★

    When talking about Orson Welles, it’s hard to avoid comparing his other works to his masterpiece Citizen Kane. Whereas that film is a showy but meticulously prepared master-class in cinematographic technique, The Lady From Shanghai is more overtly experimental, flaunting its seams and providing only the barest narrative pretense. It’s easy to see why Welles became a hero for the New Wavers - so many of the audacious stylistic tics Godard and co. would become known for are on display…

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  • 8½

    ★★★★½

    No director embodies the films as dreams trope as well as Fellini. 8 1/2 is the ultimate evidence of that. This film creates a narrative in which dreams and reality exist side-by-side, each informed by the other. Images abound with eroticism and tropes of sadism and masochism. Though I personally find La Dolce Vita to be more entertaining, it's undeniable that 8 1/2'a visuals are the strongest of Fellini's black & white period.

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ½

    This would be a great movie for someone who hates movies and thinks that saying swears counts as a joke.