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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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  • The House Is Black

    ★★★★★

  • GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

  • The Godfather

    ★★★★★

  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    ★★★★★

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  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★★★

    There's about a billion things one could say about this movie, which at times (like this) I'm convinced is the greatest work of narrative art ever produced in visual media. On the relationship of the other to the normative and its frequent position of repressed object of desire, the normative's own fear of being "othered," and how the normative sustains itself by killing off the object of desire itself.

  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    ★★★★★

    Peckinpah's typical nihilism, while not unwarranted, can be a bit exhausting at times - but in this one it's replaced or at least mandated by a sense of poetic melancholy: it's a movie about the world becoming a little more ruthless than it was before, the vicious return of old and outmoded traditions, freedom, the unshakable relationship between the law and capital, the end of an era. One day the world is a friendly place for "outlaws," bohemians, drifters (casting…

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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…