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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★

    A beautiful slice-of-life film that follows a young maid in Mexico City. It evokes the Italian neorealism films of the 1950s. But I got a little distracted with the nostalgic history (and wondering why we don't shoot more people out of cannons).

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    About as subtle as a punch to the head, this drama raised the issue of how to deal with our elderly (Social Security was just about to start; spouses weren't included for a few more years). I'm impressed that the older parents were played by much younger actors, as they really gave the impression they HAD lived together for those 50 years. Some funny parts -- intentionally and otherwise -- that left me thinking a lot about my parents.

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    Fun sci-fi film that hides some political commentary. There are some thrilling moments even without many special effects due to some fine editing of strong camera shots. It's all the more chilling that the pod people don't really seem to be mean; they're completely emotion-free so maybe it's all for a good end?

  • Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

    Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

    ★★★★

    When you watch a lot of martial arts films, you see the pattern: You did me (or my family or my school) wrong, now I want revenge -- let's fight! When Chan burst onto the scene, he helped push choreography further (like preventing the master from walking on the floor in this movie). He did so with quite a few winks and elbow pokes, infusing the fights with comedy. This was where he started. It's still worth watching.