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  • Early Summer
  • Paris, Texas
  • French Cancan
  • Belly

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  • The Post

    ½

  • Jungle Fever

    ★★★½

  • Manhunter

    ★★★★½

  • Birth

    ★★★★½

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  • The Sugarland Express

    The Sugarland Express

    ★★★★★

    One of the most underrated films of it’s era and Spielberg’s single most underrated film (now that A.I is rightfully ascendant), this film benefits exponentially from having the director’s full career to use as a looking-glass and reflective surface. Each important Spielberg film has had someone write of its new dimensions post-Fablemen, but I haven’t seen it done with Sugarland Express.

    This is not a work that contains all of Spielberg’s formal mastery, or all of his perceptiveness about his…

  • The Blackout

    The Blackout

    ★★★★★

    One thing I can't wait for in my life is the critical revision Ferrara will receive...either as young, cultish cinephiles like those on this app are given platforms and mediums and can reflect vocally the frequent praise he gets on here, even of films lambasted at the time of their release. Or maybe he must die, as his closest analogue is probably not other filmmakers but painters and poets whose death demanded a revision, and in that revision the life's…

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  • The Post

    The Post

    ½

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    My original review was 2.5 because I tried to ignore disagreeing fundamentally with this film’s ideological bullshit (these were imperialist who had a crisis mostly because their NatSec friends lied to them…which is a similar theme to Schindler’s List, admittedly, but that’s a much richer and more complicated movie). I respected the performance, Spielberg’s always-amazing blocking, the Altman-by-way-of-James L Brooks study of the faces and roles within a process-oriented structure. 


    But in light of the blue check media infrastructure…

  • Jungle Fever

    Jungle Fever

    ★★★½

    I've seen the comparisons to Altman, and it does communicate what makes this lovely and frustrating--not just the panorama of great actors in their own little movies, but Lee's personal exploration of what interests him within those movies. The intuitive movement through the panorama has "uneven" built into the form; I've said Altman's stoned questing for truth can end either much too murky or true in its specificity, and Lee's more accurately results in garishly animated histrionics or some of…

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  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★½

    You can effectively split Michael Mann's filmmaking into two cohabiting strains, almost like a self and a shadow-self, but I hadn't recognized how much Thief and Manhunter are the formative twin poles (despite the overlap between the two--this isn't meant to be reductive of each so much as show that they can function pretty well as a keyhole to his work as a whole through their duality).

    There is Mann the ethnographer, interviewing prisoners and homicide detectives, reading books about…

  • Birth

    Birth

    ★★★★½

    Not to be snooty, or to suggest I have profound contributions to make, but it's very hard to find good writing on this film. Shout out to Stephen Gillespie and Adam Trainer, two of the better reviews I found.

    This is because its ambiguity leaves many appreciators slack-jawed, yet moved--there's something down at the bottom of the well from which this film draws its water, and being mystified by that presence and having the tools to see to its bottom…