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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    A pleasant surprise. I hadn't seen much of anything from Villeneuve so the subtlety with which he presented his ideas and the detail with which he created the tone and atmosphere really caught me by surprise. It's been a while since I've seen an alien film that's as much about "us" as it is about "them."

  • Stars in My Crown

    Stars in My Crown

    ★★★★

    A beautiful and heart-warming film from Tourneur. Joel McCrea is great as Pastor Josiah Grey, a minister and a civil war vet who arrives in a small town to start a new life but has to deal with a variety of obstacles along the way. The film is reminiscent of other civil rights era films except that it gets a head start on some of the issues those films dealt with. I won't deny that it becomes a little too simplistic and preachy at times but on the whole this is yet another solid effort by the director of Out of the Past and Cat People.

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  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

    A film laden with grand ideas and themes - with a vision to match. Yet it's never self-serving; it's self-conscious enough to be humbled by its own perspective in the presence of both the existential and the spiritual. A rare film that recognizes not only the potential but also the limitations of cinema. No film about death has ever felt more alive.

  • Bad Lieutenant

    Bad Lieutenant

    ★★★★★

    Ferrara at his rudest and crudest best. It goes without saying that this isn't for everyone. Keitel's character has no redeeming virtues - he's everything you don't wanna cop to be - and he's only going downhill further. Yet you care about him and can't take your eyes away even if Ferrara takes him deeper and deeper into despair. This is certainly one of Keitel's best performances, brilliantly embodying all the physical and spiritual pain life has to offer.