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  • Charade
  • I Vitelloni
  • The Father
  • Orpheus

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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

  • That Obscure Object of Desire

    ★★★

  • Old

    ★★★½

  • PlayTime

    ★★★★½

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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    Initial thoughts can be found here and here. Third viewing, but this time in theaters, so now I can officially share Karina's momentous response from Vivre Sa Vie. Having seen the Voices of Light version (and heard snippets from Gregory and Utley), I was struck by this uncommon arrangement of Albonini's Adagio in G Minor. A sorrowful dirge if there ever was one and it's powerfully used. (Only the sequence where Joan is pressured into signing the abjuration letter has…

  • That Obscure Object of Desire

    That Obscure Object of Desire

    ★★★

    Since I'm indifferent on The Devil Is a Woman, this was always gonna be a steep hill to overcome. There's enough of Buñuel's perversity to deviate as a remake (nor does his approach even resemble von Sternberg's), but the boneheaded subject matter is kept intact. "The problem is attempting to pass off a story of romantic flagellation as a cheeky romp", I wrote then, so you could easily just click on the above link and translate that here. In comes…

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  • Heathers

    Heathers

    ★★★★

    Most casual viewers would recall John Hughes' coming-of-age misfits, the raunchier shtick in Porky's, or those hangout vibes in Fast Times. On a more pungent note, there stood a revengeful, satirically anti-suicide black comedy which subverted American teen society with its cynical eyes. This movie is hilariously nasty, ahead of its time and still relevant. Oh, right, and I get some sadistic smirk as liquid drainer is misled to be a hangover cure!

    Nowadays, it brings a realization on how…

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Mark Wahlberg: Get off my property! You need a warrant!
    Federal Agent: MY FACE... IS MY WARRANT.

    Jesus Christ.

    Not sure if you filmed enough low-angle shots of buff bodies, Bay.

    Sound and fury signifies fuck all once again.

    Literally 50 minutes of third-act city destruction in Beijing.

    Corporation-y, government something something, serious talk from non-entity people.

    Sunsets, explosions and leggy women.

    More of the same except this time I somehow had to switch off buttons I never knew existed.