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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Ida
  • Hunger
  • Gallipoli

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  • Inventing Anna

    ★★★½

  • Thelma & Louise

    ★★★★

  • The Game

    ★★★½

  • Deliverance

    ★★★★½

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  • Léon: The Professional

    Léon: The Professional

    ★★

    On the Too Young! list. Natalie Portman: “There's a surprising preponderance of that kind of role for young girls. Sort of being fantasy objects for men, and especially this idealised purity combined with the fertility of youth, and all this in one… It was definitely interesting to think about—why men write the female characters they do. Just like the way they write the male character. How much is wish-fulfilment fantasy, and why. Yep, interesting."

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★½

    Taxi Driver, upbeat LA remake. 

    In which Travis Bickle has transformed into Gary Valentine: equally deranged, but this time optimistically and entrepreneurially so!

    Set in San Fernando, Valentine (Cooper Hoffman)—rather than Jodi Foster’s Iris—is the under-age one. Like Bickle, Valentine had a damsel-in-distress savior complex; but in this version, Valentine’s fever-dream is of pinball profits rather than political assassination. He’s compelled toward grassroots marketing rather than righteous killing sprees. Plus: TD had candidate Charles Palantine; LP had candidate Joel Wachs—get it?…