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  • Way of a Gaucho
  • Basic Instinct
  • The Novelist's Film
  • The Hunger

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  • Muriel, or the Time of Return

    ★★★★★

  • Top Gun

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

  • The Vampires or, The Arch Criminals of Paris

    ★★★★½

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  • Muriel, or the Time of Return

    Muriel, or the Time of Return

    ★★★★★

    Requires a second viewing. But without question I can say that the combined document of Hiroshima mon amour, Last Year at Marienbad, and Muriel makes for one of (if not THE) most significant reflections on time, memory, and alienation in all of cinema.

  • The Vampires or, The Arch Criminals of Paris

    The Vampires or, The Arch Criminals of Paris

    ★★★★½

    Hard to parse thoughts on something so gigantic. Something about the visual representation of paranoia. Something about networks of myth making. Something about cinematic attention and meaning-making. Something about the staying power of fractured images. Something about Mazamette. Something about performance, masks, and poison.Something about “I am a movie fanatic!”

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  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★★

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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★★

    I drastically underrated this on my first watch. In Blackhat, Mann’s archetypal "doomed protagonist" scales up—working alongside governments, traveling internationally, balancing the fates of countless men and women unknown. It is no longer the world of regional crime, but a world of ubiquitous threat, the inscrutable anxieties of modernity. 

    The dismissal the film has received (and my own lackluster first watch), must have something to do with how enthusiastically Mann employs the language and theatrics of cybercrime. The language of…