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  • Before Sunset
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Holiday
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • The Glass Key

  • This Gun for Hire

  • Parade

  • Four Nights of a Dreamer

    ★★★★★

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  • The Glass Key

    The Glass Key

    Very much a film that feels haphazardly constructed out of miscellaneous parts stripped from a much more interesting story (which here would be a Dashiell Hammett novel); what does end up in the script somehow feels both overly complicated and underdeveloped. This is also one of those 1940s films that have become regarded as a film noir, but it is so clean-scrubbed & brightly lit that it should be disqualified from the designation. Yes it's a crime film, but it's a…

  • This Gun for Hire

    This Gun for Hire

    Alan Ladd's face is as exquisitely lit in this as any Hollywood ingenue—no wonder this is what launched him to stardom after eight years of toiling in the industry with little luck. Of course the pairing with Lake was an essential contributor as well, one of those alchemical fusions that sets a screen ablaze. Their shared stoicism, perfectly in sync with their wartime moment, is so potent because it manifests in opposing ways: his as an icy aloofness, hers in…

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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★★

    Just tremendous, I'm sorry it took me so long to finally get around to this. If Val Lewton was making films in the digital age this is more or less what I'd expect them to be like, the quaint genre conventions of early 20th century gothic horror neatly remolded into a form as coldly sleek as an iPhone. That this reconfiguration works so beautifully is not to downplay its boldness: it's quite the proposition to assert that the restless spirits…

  • M3GAN

    M3GAN

    Lives up to its social media virality, multiple meme cycles, & the intense expectations of the queer community, which, frankly, is no small feat. I had a lot of fun—both with the film & with the audience I saw it with—& it moves along so smoothly that it didn't much bother me that there are all these little moments & elements that with a little more finesse (or perhaps even just some auteurial flair) could have been elevated into something more deeply resonant…