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  • Rocco and His Brothers
  • Taipei Story
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • Army of Shadows

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  • Gold

  • Roma

    ★★★★★

  • The Irishman

    ★★★★★

  • Orange

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  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive

    ★★★★★

    "I see not
    but only stare like a blind man
    facing straight into the sun.
    I shall fall where the fallen never rise.
    "


    The Spirit of the Beehive was long-due on my watchlist because I came across its synopsis one day that it had something to do with Frankenstein and was waiting for the day when I could watch it after watching Frankenstein. Having watched the two Frankenstein films in the last 2 days, The Monster - Maria scene in…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★★

    "Through this door you will enter a world of music, song and dance. Music, born in the fields. The music of your grandparents, and their grandparents. The music of pain and humiliation. Of joy too, even if through tears. You may also be wondering, will everyone be allowed through this door? And my answer is: absolutely not. Only the best of the best will make it." - Cold War opens with this passage that pretty much sums up Pawlikowski's invitation…

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  • Gold

    Gold

    Being the self-proclaimed greatest fan of Premam on earth, I waited for 7 years like anything for Alphonse Puthren's next and Gold is the proof that films like Premam can be as much a bane as a boon for what to expect from a filmmaker! Let alone other people asking me how it was, It's been tough to say for myself how Gold felt overall... the max I can put it in terms of words is with the help of…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Was rewatching The Irishman today and the defining shot of the film for me in that "morality car wash" (to quote Sam from Casino) scene made me want to revisit the stunning opening shot of water splashing and scrubbing in Cuaron's Roma - the flow of water here mirrors the end where it comes back with an even stronger force at the beach and quickly became one of the most stunning opening and closing visual bookends to a film but…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    YOUR YOUNGEST AND STRONGEST WILL FALL BY THE SWORD

    "Many years ago, I had a friend." "A dear friend." "It was a great friendship."


    Spanning several decades, From the lives of poor children in 1918 Manhattan Jewish ghettos To the grown-up adults leading a rich life in the 1930s Prohibition era To the now old people leading a life both rich and poor in terms of memories and regrets accompanied by the violence of 1968 New York, Sergio Leone's Once…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    In: So, when you're making a film, is there a moment that you can actually tell movie magic is happening?

    Scorsese: ...and Al's performance Al's reaction... it shows the depth of hubris... he says you know "They would never dare" "They wouldn't dare"...

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    3 of the GOATed closing shots in Cinema: The Irishman & Tokyo Story & Late Spring

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    Cleansing & Getting Cleansed By: The Irishman & Le Samourai and also this metaphor for cleansing/cleaning here makes me want to revisit the…