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  • A Sense of History

    A Sense of History

    ★★★★

    I wish Broadbent wrote more. This has a tight, sharp screenplay—a very fast 26 minutes.

  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★★

    I’m really struggling with this, and not for the reasons most people talk about. It’s an absolute masterwork in many ways, but I’m still trying to work out how Leigh intended to frame Johnny’s philosophical prattle. 90% of what he says is very well-worded BS that I’ve heard many times before; 10% is pretty insightful—where does Leigh stand on all of it? Johnny is a genius pseudo-intellectual, and I don’t know how to feel. From the films of his I’ve…

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  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★

    35mm at Lincoln Center (Q&A with Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, and others)

    What a peculiar event. I felt like my body was thawing when I exited the theater.

    Writing about this is extremely difficult. Juggling the context of the time of the film’s production with the context of Welles’ final years with the context of the struggle to get the film released after his death is near impossible (especially considering my relative naïveté when it comes to Welles’ career). Just…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    This is one of those that takes me until half way through to get into it, and then after it ends, I want to rewatch it. Kind of annoying.