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  • Blade Runner
  • Cruel Intentions
  • Pretty in Pink
  • There Will Be Blood

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  • The Asphalt Jungle

    ★★★★★

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    ★★★½

  • Alien Resurrection

    ★★★

  • Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

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  • The Asphalt Jungle

    The Asphalt Jungle

    ★★★★★

    I’ve been on a noir kick recently. Partially because I watch them pretty frequently anyways and partially because the new Color Noir collection on The Criterion Channel has put them on my mind. But why I finally watched on this legendary entry in the genre is actually because I’ve been reading Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates epic (and so far masterful) historical fiction novel about Marilyn Monroe that will soon be turned into an Andrew Dominik film. I’m about a third…

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    Leave Her to Heaven

    ★★★½

    When talking about Spielberg’s 2021 WEST SIDE STORY remake, one has to point out how astonishing it is that it is an incredible film when it features a truly terrible male lead performance. I’m not sure I’d call LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN “an incredible film” but it is also a work with many merits saddled with an unbelievably bad leading man performance. Despite the high emotion of the film’s material, Wilde (who I previously had loved in THE BIG COMBO)…

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  • The Brown Bunny

    The Brown Bunny

    ★★★★½

    Shortly after the New Beverly July schedule was released, it became clear the trio of The Brown Bunny screenings at the end of the month were going to be must-attends. The film, hard to see in general, shows very rarely (according to the Pure Cinema Podcast, this only happened because a New Bev employee happened to run into Gallo and struck up a conversation with him), and its infamous reputation precedes itself. I attended the second night purely for scheduling…

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    The sand draws moisture.

    This had been near the top of my watchlist for some time. I was on the fence if I should go see it at the New Beverly tonight but I was listening to the Letterboxd podcast Weekend Watchlist and co-host Mia got it as her weekly watchlist pick, which inspired me to go. Thank God I waited to see it in a theatre because it is an incredibly hypnotic experience. With overwhelming visuals and sparse but…