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  • La Notte
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    ★★★★½

  • Letter to Jane

    ★★★★

  • History Lessons

    ★★★½

  • Tout Va Bien

    ★★★★★

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  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    ★★★★½

    Every time I see this, my mind is a little blown at the sophistication and economy of Chaplin's direction. The melodramatic opening is a little much, but otherwise this is a little masterclass in storytelling almost entirely via behaviour and implication.

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★

    Far less ambiguous than I'd taken this to be beforehand, this time rather playing almost as empty provocation - and at worst, utterly nihilist. However, even with the perhaps unnecessarily graphic depiction of Alex's own crimes, this thing (which now to me looks like Kubrick's weakest post-1962 feature) still stays interesting in Alex's own symptomatic reflection of total desensitization via his own voracious consumption of spectacle and violent media: conditioned to chase thrills, one naturally begins to do so themselves…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★

    Pointless film, but Daniel Day-Lewis gives an astonishing performance as Waluigi

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★½

    "I got beat up. I'm the victim here."
    --
    "Cross the room if you've ever been blamed for something you didn't do."

    Many months before the films North American release, I joked that Good Time looked like "a modern-day Phil Karlson picture" so I was doubly pleasantly surprised when I found that this film approximated that feeling. In his annual love-letter to Cannes, Mark Peranson called the film "a kind of Dionysian New York Gesamtkunstwerk....immersion without identification." Where Good Time…