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  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Scorpio Rising
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Heat

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  • Nope

    ★★★★

  • The Conformist

    ★★★★½

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★½

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★★

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    Yeah, I think this might be his best movie.

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★★½

    Bertolucci is directing his ass off. I remember watching this for the first time in either late high school or esrly college, with my dad, and I didn’t know what to do with the ending then. This time, I felt the humor in the entire picture more pointedly; there’s more Fellini in this than I understood the first time around. And then the final shot felt surprisingly tender and sympathetic. Plus, two great party sequences.

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  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces

    ★★★★

    One of the saddest, most painful endings I can recall.

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★½

    For those nights when even your freshly unpacked crate of books from London can't ease the pain. There's bitter humor in some of DDL's expressions and exasperation but I was also taken aback by how familiar many of these emotions are. Scorsese is possibly even more hopped up on style and technique than in Goodfellas three years prior. The scene at the theater, when the ambient noise drops out and he hits Pfeiffer with the spotlight! Truly, he's stupid for this, with three O's.