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  • Claire's Knee

    ★★★★

  • Zola

    ★★★★

  • Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair

    ★★★★

  • Death of a Bureaucrat

    ★★★★

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  • Greaser's Palace

    Greaser's Palace

    ★★★★

    Embarrassed how long I had been putting this one off in fear I wouldn’t like it — of course I’d like this, it’s an irreverent acid western riffing on Christianity but without any sort of deep religious or philosophical commentary. Unless you want to count a comparison of the spiritually orgasmic experience of being touched by the Lord to that of finally taking one giant shit after days of constipation. Is this your card? Is this your card? Is this…

  • Carnal Knowledge

    Carnal Knowledge

    ★★★★

    Beating The Heartbreak Kid to the punch by a year, this feels like almost a redo of The Graduate for people who were so busy identifying with Benjamin's sympathetic ennui that they missed out on how awful he actually is.

    Love the unbroken focus on women listening to men spouting pure horse shit. I honestly found it more powerful to force the audience to witness the 'masks' they're forced to wear, compelling you to look at them as the humans…

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  • Claire's Knee

    Claire's Knee

    ★★★★

    Creepy but relatable. So much happening in this one but the theme that came across strongest to me is the folly of age. Jerome thinks he’s old and wise enough to control his life; his ability to manipulate these girls as an impartial observer, who with and how he falls in love, his self assuredness and ego. But in the end he doesn’t actually possess any sort of special ability or power, he’s just the same dork he’s always been…

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★★

    Considering I knew the entire story I still found this surprisingly riveting — poignant, recognizable, uncomfortable and most of all funny. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been reading the Mike Nichols bio but this feels like its shot as / should have been a Mike Nichols film. As is, Janicza Bravo makes for a pretty solid stand in, rethinking a series of tweets (that could have so easily been dismissed as over the top nonsense) as a super…

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  • The Way We Were

    The Way We Were

    ★★★★

    This isn't the story about people who drift apart because of politics, this is the story of a woman with convictions (whether you agree with them or not) and intelligence, and a wuss-ass (drop dead beautiful) white boy who has never had to care about or fight for anything in his life.

    They're initially attracted to each other because they each have something the other wishes they could possess. For Redford, Streisand represents the exciting world of fringe living, of…

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    Oh god, what a load of shit. The best I can say about this is that the illustration style is beautiful. Oh and if you ever wanted to see a clam go to town on a snail, or an alligator eat out a woman, this is the movie for you.

    This movie is for your penis, by your penis and about your penis. I'm having a very hard time seeing where anybody saw 'feminism' in this other than the weird…