Neil Bahadur

Neil Bahadur

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  • Cliff Walkers

    Cliff Walkers

    ★★★★

    After this I kind of doubt we'll ever get a truly personal Zhang film ever again, but as essentially a studio filmmaker for the PRC, he's surprisingly more engaged than I expected. Structurally this is basically Shadow: 20th Century Edition, but in its own way this is one of Zhang's most purely pleasurable films, with the kind of taut suspense and chain reaction mechanics that go further back from Hitchcock to something resembling 1920s Lang. Mr. Xi may have strongarmed…

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★★

    Far from reactionary as I always fear revisiting this one - the relationship to machinery is entirely predicated upon how it is used by a boss or overseer than an outright critique. But that's not even close to the whole and only makes up a small bit of the picture - really just a bit of setup. I always forget how funny this is upon revisiting it as well - probably the funniest of Chaplin's features and the closest to…

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★½

    "I got beat up. I'm the victim here."
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    "Cross the room if you've ever been blamed for something you didn't do."

    Many months before the films North American release, I joked that Good Time looked like "a modern-day Phil Karlson picture" so I was doubly pleasantly surprised when I found that this film approximated that feeling. In his annual love-letter to Cannes, Mark Peranson called the film "a kind of Dionysian New York Gesamtkunstwerk....immersion without identification." Where Good Time…

  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    This is like, some kind of weird, conservative fantasy. If watching this served any good purpose, it's a possibly vital reminder that the Clinton era was not as progressive as many of us might like to remember - the latter half of the 20th century in America through the eyes of a reactionary, nearly 50 years of social tumult regarded as just a brief phase of unrest before everything returns to 'normal,' - the Vietnam War, Black Panthers, and social…