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  • The Last Laugh

    The Last Laugh

    ★★★★★

    [98]

    Second viewing, up from 86. I've been anxiously wanting to revisit this immediately after my first viewing but held off until I snagged the Blu-Ray (and yes, the quality is far superior to the streaming copy I previously saw). Sheepishly must confess I don't have much to add other than I simply underrated it the first time. In fact, I'm almost flabbergasted how I settled on a mere 86, as this revisit -- not even a full two months…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★★

    [95]

    Getting my small qualms out of the way first: [1] Saw the 176-minute “restored” version—not sure if this is considered the canonical print at this point, but it’s what I had—which contains several still photo add-ins in the first hour or so that admittedly are a little distracting and choppy, throwing a wrench into the spokes just a bit. Though I have trouble faulting the film itself for that, so this is more a superfluous nitpick than anything else.…

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  • A Short Film About Love

    A Short Film About Love

    ★★★★½

    [82]

    As I previously noted here, for logging purposes I’m going to consider DEKLAOG, SIX and A SHORT FILM ABOUT LOVE two different cuts of the same film. In which case I should note that this score is actually for the DEKALOG, SIX version, what I consider to be the superior one.

    Previously likened this to REAR WINDOW, though now I see that’s a lazy comparison built on the very fundamental theme of voyeurism—this is infinitely richer, rooting itself not…

  • Decalogue VI

    Decalogue VI

    [82]

    This is my score for DEKALOG, SIX ; however, as I mentioned in my short capsule for FIVE, I have trouble considering the extended “A SHORT FILM ABOUT…” versions as something other than a different cut of essentially the same film. So I will eventually post my thoughts (with “official” star log) on DEKALOG, SIX under the entry for A SHORT FILM ABOUT LOVE (and briefly discuss the differences between the two, and why I prefer the shorter version,…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    [84]

    Second viewing, no score change. This is the final post and then I’m done babbling about this movie (for a while, anyway).

    [Heavy spoilers ahead.]

    Second look confirmed that MOTHER! was every bit as good as my initial reaction signified, and it will surely wind up at the top of my “best of 2017” films. Saw it with my wife, who sometimes likes “different” stuff and as the movie ended, she turned to me and said, ”that might be…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★

    [57]

    Really left me wishing we’d get a full-length version of THE GAL WHO GOT RATTLED, easily the best vignette this has to offer, and for my money the only one that appears fully realized (or, alternatively, like it had so much more left to say) even in the context of short(-ish) films. Other segments are breathtakingly picturesque (ALL GOLD CANYON), chock-full of gallows humor (NEAR ALGODONES e.g. ”first time?” might be one of the greatest punchlines in the Coen…