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  • Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou

    ★★★★

    Godard gonna Godard.

  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★★½

    A pretty tough hang, so it gets docked half a star. But early Polanski can direct with the best of them. So many haunting images–the nuns across the street, the cracks in the walls, THE HANDS. This apartment feels like Dante's Inferno. Also nice to see a horror movie that doesn't treat sex like a meaningless plot device. Just about every character in a horror movie is either a massive horndog or friends with a massive horndog. This is the first movie I can think of where the hero is actively prudish AND is the person doling out punishment for sexual advances.

  • Cat Ballou

    Cat Ballou

    ★★

    I mean, I dunno. Lee Marvin's horse is cool.

  • The Pawnbroker

    The Pawnbroker

    ★★★½

    Several thesis papers should be written about Rod Steiger's brilliant performance. The man may be the most underrated actor of his generation. But what really stood out to me on first glance was the direction. Sidney Lumet's New York is one of the great characters in all of cinema. Simultaneously the most congested place in the world and the most isolated. Most movies about loneliness tend to dwell on silence and empty spaces. Lumet depicts loneliness by packing the frame…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    It kinda feels like time loop movies have run out of shit to say. But as long as Hollywood keeps making them, I'll keep listening.

  • North

    North

    Features a young Elijah Wood ogling at the breasts of a topless African villager. Features Kathy Bates, in redface, participating in an Inuit senicide ritual by leaving Abe Vigoda on a block of ice and pushing him out to sea. Features a naked Jon Lovitz asking a woman "Aren't I naughty?" in an erotic fashion. Features a hitman attempting to murder a nine-year-old boy in broad daylight. Features Bruce Willis telling that same nine-year-old to avoid Miami in August because…

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    Watched on an airplane...where no one could hear me scream.

  • The Candidate

    The Candidate

    ★★★★½

    It is now impossible to imagine a world where this is considered political satire. But as a stand-alone character piece, pretty great. Top three Redford performance.

  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★½

    Man, Bogdanovich is slowly creeping into my directorial Mount Rushmore. Enjoyed every second of this thing. Part Chuck Jones, part Howard Hawkes. Like a Looney Tunes short for grownups, unless you believe the Looney Tunes are already for grownups, in which case you'd be right. The tagline for this movie was “A screwball comedy. Remember them?” How rich. Even in 1972 they were saying, "They don't make 'em like they used to."

  • Cabaret

    Cabaret

    ★★★½

    A lot of hubbub has been made about Bob Fosse beating Francis Ford Coppola for the Oscar. But when can talk about Joel Grey beating Duvall, Caan AND Pacino?

  • Twisted Pair

    Twisted Pair

    ½

    It's kind of hard to explain...

  • 8MM

    8MM

    ★★★

    I didn't hate it. Sue me. Just don't hire Anthony Heald as your lawyer.