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  • Streets of Fire

    ★★★

  • Claire's Camera

    ★★★★

  • The Devil Never Sleeps

    ★★

  • Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

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  • Streets of Fire

    Streets of Fire

    *** [Worth seeing]

    It's been said time and time again, but Michael Pare is far from the charismatic lead this movie needs. I respect an action hero that sounds like he just woke up from a deep nap, but when it comes to the emotional depth of the film, such as the lingering shot on his face just before the Torchie's raid, Pare is a blank canvas. He simply can't deliver the emotional undercurrents for the scene to work.

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  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera

    ★★★★

    **** [A must-see]

    Hong's hangout film and proof that he's the god of zooms, drinking, and ellipses.

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ***** [Masterpiece]

    Wilder's mise-en-scene is defined by faces. Heads popping up over grocery store counters, Stanwyck's unfazed face during the murder, her seductive entrance that traps MacMurray, MacMurray's own smirking look when he foolishly thinks he's in control of his own fate, his haggard, glistening sweaty confession with the phonograph, and of course the final shot of him slumped and dying, or on the way to die. The moral constraints of the time did not limit Wilder from giving the story the sensuality and enthralling atmosphere it deserves.

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★★

    Leos Carax is the only working filmmaker left that knows how to use color. Film of the decade. Funny as hell and utterly tragic