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  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • Belle de Jour
  • Network
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  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★

  • The Sum of All Fears

  • Jaws

  • Nanook of the North

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    Inherent Vice bears a heavy heart underneath its light-hearted guise. It bleeds through the film like that California sun which fleetingly leaks through nebulous fog. Beneath every laugh is a sobering, saddening realization. Beneath every celebration of hippiedom lies the implicit understanding that the lifestyle is on its last legs.

    This air of sorrow mourns the end of a loving, communal culture that has been overtaken by a rapacious, individualistic revolution. Hope for peace has been replaced by fear of…

  • The Sound and the Fury

    The Sound and the Fury

    Here's how James Franco's brain works:

    He releases an adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying in 2013—a muddled embodiment of his delusions of grandeur; an altogether unfocused and confused mess that was adapted from Faulkner's most accessible work. It was, quietly and unsurprisingly, poorly received by most everyone.

    Then, confounding any sense of human reason, Franco decides to adapt The Sound and the Fury —Faulkner's second-most difficult novel (behind Absalom, Absalom!, also his best), which is really saying…