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  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★

    I'm hesitant to adjust downward a prior rating ... and the more i think of it, the more reasonable it seems to leave well enough alone. In other words, on a rewatch i'm not entirely sure why i'd rated this a full 4-stars (8-out-of-10) the first time, but i don't have a good reason for thinking less of the film now.

    It is beautiful to look at and to listen too, and the few moments when sight and sound most…

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★

    The score is horrible. Many of the factual elements are distractingly forced into the screenplay. Several scenes were either already cliche at the time, or have since become so, such that they're less enjoyable now than they were on the film's release. I don't think the framing device was necessary, especially considering the ultimate (and ridiculously unlikely) fate of the Heart of the MacGuffin necklace.

    But ... this is an astounding film. Incredibly realized moments, great and small, are everywhere.…

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  • The World of Apu

    The World of Apu

    ★★★★

    This is a wonderful film, deserving of its place on the Sight & Sound Top 250 (tied with several other films at #235). Plenty of plot in this one, a surprisingly strong love story, great performance from Soumitra Chatterjee, beautiful photography, the imagery, the editing; and the appearance of a little boy near the film's end is reminiscent of the beginnings of this trilogy. I'm sorry it is only a trilogy -- i'd love to know what happens next. I guess i'm a fan of Satyajit Ray, as i suspect everyone is who has seen these films.

  • Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

    Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

    ★★★★½

    I don't watch a lot of documentary features; one reason might be because i have a difficult time recognizing the difference between good ones and bad ones. But every once in awhile, i'll have an experience with a documentary and have no doubt of its greatness.

    "Let It Fall" is phenomenal. As a film, two particular things strike me as brilliant.

    First, that it is balanced -- there is a scene where a retired LAPD lieutenant (who the audience has…