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  • Magnolia
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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
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  • Coup de Torchon

    ★★★★

  • Junkopia

    ★★★

  • Kagemusha

    ★★★★½

  • Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

    ★★★½

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  • Coup de Torchon

    Coup de Torchon

    ★★★★

    To translate Coup de torchon's title into English here, it means giving something a wipe, so the idea of cleaning up... a town (of its evil doers), after one's own crimes, one's soul (well, that's as maybe), one's bottom (open-air latrines do feature)... but as the word "torchon" means "rag", it's not a deep clean. You're just wiping with something that's dirty in and of itself. Bertrand Tavernier sets his adaptation of the psychotic vigilante western Pop.1280 in pre-WWII French-colonized…

  • Junkopia

    Junkopia

    ★★★

    Junkopia photographs abandoned outdoor installation art as if it were an archaeological find; kind of eerie.

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    In pre-show interviews, Robert Eggers said this of The Lighthouse, that he wanted to make another film about misery, but this time make it a comedy. I joked that if this was going to be a comedy, it would be like that one Ingmar Bergman comedy (Secrets of Women). And I didn't know how right I was (though as a horror film, it also has shades of Bergman's Hour of the Wolf). There are funny moments in it, as might…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Can you believe I had never seen the original Halloween before? Well, it's true. Though Psycho is the granddaddy of the slasher film, Halloween is foundational to the genre, essentially the spark that lit the fire of a craze, and set up many of the tropes we associate with slasher flicks. What is most intriguing is that despite its fingerprints being all over the movies to come, it is also very distinctively UNLIKE its imitators. No jump scares, for one…