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  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Wings
  • Bright Star

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  • The English Patient

    ★★★

  • Monsieur Verdoux

    ★★★★½

  • An American in Paris

    ★★★

  • Little Red Riding Hood

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  • Flame

    Flame

    ★★★★★

    If I had to trace the genesis of my love for the film medium, it would have to have started with Polte (Flame). Anyone into distortions of filmstock would be amiss to skip this short, which uses parts from the Finnish film Silja (Fallen Asleep While Young) based on a book by Nobel Literature Prize winner, Frans Sillanpaa. The perfect title for a film which is lost to this day, existing only as one damaged reel found in 2015. Awakened…

  • The Flying Train

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  • The English Patient

    The English Patient

    ★★★

    I dislike films told in flashbacks. Unless it's Memento. The English Patient kept on going back and forth, and while it told a love story I was all down for on paper, it got so boring by the time it got half-way through, that I just wasn't moved as much as I wanted to be at the end. Ralph Fiennes singing was easily the highlight, because boy, was this such a downer.

  • Monsieur Verdoux

    Monsieur Verdoux

    ★★★★½

    As for being a mass killer, does not the world encourage it? Is it not building weapons of destruction for the sole purpose of mass killing? Has it not blown unsuspecting women and little children to pieces? And done it very scientifically? ... I have this to say: I shall see you all.. very soon.. very soon..

    Perhaps the closest Charlie Chaplin came to telling Americans that he will see them all in hell?

    I have made my peace with…

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  • The Jane Austen Book Club

    The Jane Austen Book Club

    ★★½

    Hugh Dancy: I'm going to be adorably awkward for the next 1.5 hours
    me: *incoherent screaming noises*

  • Alphaville

    Alphaville

    ★½

    Let's play Godard bingo, y'all!

    a man narrating about deep philosophical things
    people smoking in cars
    a man hitting a woman
    repetitive sudden dramatic music
    a male protagonist who is demure and never laughs

    a fedora and trenchcoat
    a quote for the entire film (I shall fight so that failure is possible)
    a man lecturing a woman on very important things (tm)
    a bird's eye point of view of walking around traffic
    a naked or near naked woman

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