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  • The Voyeurs

    ★★½

  • The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

    ★★★½

  • Baby Boy

    ★★★½

  • The Naked Man

    ★★

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  • The Naked Man

    The Naked Man

    ★★

    A footnote in film history because it was co-written by Ethan Coen and directed by the Coens’ storyboard artist. The Coen-connection is evident by the comedic tone placed in juxtaposition to the caustic narrative. But it’s also absent in that, even at their worst, they’re never anywhere near this bad.

    A few moments pop, more out of audacity than skill. There’s a running satirical gag of Joe Grifasi as a miserable cop where the camera follows him doing mundane tasks…

  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    ★★★½

    I remember watching Altman’s Prairie Home Companion and realizing that it was like a grandpa giving away Werther’s Originals. It’s just nice. A reminder to just relax a bit, and enjoy the moments. A chase movie where you can hide behind boxes, or evade capture from the sheriff by having the owner of the best restaurant threaten not to serve him anymore. Instead of gunfights, Clint makes tortillas and tend to hurt goats. 

    The story is kinda similar to Rambo:…

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  • La Région Centrale

    La Région Centrale

    ★★★★½

    1. The Introduction
    Around two-thirty on Sunday afternoon Chantel Akerman stepped out of a car with a grin as wide as one of Chris Marker’s cats. She looked at the long line of people waiting to enter the Light Industry for a rare showing of Michael Snow’s LA REGION CENTRALE. “Wonderful! Is so good to see so many people. You will all love it!” She walked down the line smiling and waving, excited to introduce a film she considers one…

  • The Mystery of Picasso

    The Mystery of Picasso

    ★★★★½

    About halfway through THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO Clouzot interrupts the film's format, a blank canvas being filled in by Picasso, to provide a behind the scenes look at the process of constructing the film itself. After an image is complete, we see a shot of Claude Renoir behind the camera, followed by the removal of the canvas and the reveal of a shirtless Picasso putting a lid on his marker.

    Up to this point Picasso has been invisible during the…