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  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★½

    First watch, homework for Filmspotting madness. Posthumously -- as it has been taken out of the tournament by "The Silence of the Lambs". I thought i better see it at least once before the end of the tournament when all copies of the film will be burned, lost forever.

    For my taste, too many characters, too little plot. When i'm watching a film, i need to figure out quickly which characters are important -- i want to know who i…

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★

    Technically, a re-watch, but the first time i've watched it critically, and although i recognize this film's classic/cult status, it's a weak 8/10 for me, with some of its rating relying on its legacy.

    I'm actually starting to wonder if i might not be the Roald Dahl fan i've often assumed myself to be -- as a child of the 1970's, it's almost a requisite admiration, but i've found myself to be somewhat lukewarm over much of his work, put…

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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…