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  • The Apartment
  • Choose Me
  • Chungking Express
  • Stop Making Sense

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  • Matilda

    ★★½

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    ★★★★

  • The Forgiven

    ★★★

  • Lost Illusions

    ★★★★

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  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    ★★★★★

    I first saw this movie a few days after I turned sixteen. It was my first favorite movie, but it wasn't (just) the T&A that left an impression. This was the first time I noticed a film's production values, the first time I was blown away by a movie's skewed camera angles and rapid-fire editing. Meyer's insistence on playing Roger Ebert's script with a straight face put me off the smug, knowing tones of deliberate camp for life. I still don't understand when people respond to BVD as if its meant to be taken seriously, but I guess that confirms Meyer knew what he was doing.

  • Compass Rose

    Compass Rose

    ★★★

    In all its unfinished and barely audible mess, this almost comes off as a documentary of the off-off-Broadway scene that spawned Andy Milligan. It helps if you've seen enough Milligan to recognize most of the players; Maggie Rogers as a German actress is more lively here than in any other existing performance, which makes me want to build a time travel machine to see her appearance in The Maids even more. Bathing and blood replacement are yet further exhibits in…

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  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour

    ★★★★½

    this is just to say
    Hazuki Kikuchi
    looks great
    in the light cast by
    a vending machine

    and
    I want the green tea
    soft-serve
    ice cream
    please

  • Armageddon

    Armageddon

    ★★★

    In the director’s cut, Bay’s celebration montage  references every image in Robert Frank’s The Americans, not just one.

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