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  • Divorce Italian Style

    Divorce Italian Style

    ★★★★

    Dial C for Cuckold
    or
    tic... tic... tic...

    Mastroianni's reptilian facial tic is worthy of Peter Sellers and Chuck Jones. Great character writing invites the audience to walk a thin line between disdain and empathy for this utterly pathetic bastard.

  • Crimes of Passion

    Crimes of Passion

    Hell du Jour

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    "There's no tomorrow... Know why, baby? 'Cause it'll never get here." _ Jacques Renault, blank as a fart
    "Good morning, America" - Carl, after 9 a.m.

    Edges out The Sopranos hard cut to black scored with "Don't Stop Believin'" in the category of greatest way (/metastatement) to end a TV series. Opening on a television showing static (that is subsequently smashed), it's hard not to read some aspects as Lynch venting frustrations. Characters literally vanish. Cooper is anxious to see…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★

    (It's) HARD TO BE A GO(o)D (Movie)
    or
    Days of Heavin'

    Mostly entertaining spectacle, but good googly moogly could the movie draw any more attention to its own production? By the time Leo's breath fogs up the camera lens it was about time number 2073 that I noticed there was a camera. Seems at odds with the realism/naturalism for which the movie is going. It's also jarring every time there's a CGI animal on screen (the audience I saw it…