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  • Chungking Express

    ★★★½

  • Dos Estaciones

    ★★★★

  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    ★★★

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  • Humoresque

    Humoresque

    ★★★★

    Few actresses possess the innate ability to contradict the very logic of emotional expression the way Joan Crawford does. Her Helen is portrait of vehement despair and ruin, but tempered by an underlying subdued sense of acceptance and finality. By playing upon the different layers and facets of sentiment that factor into her greater grief, her emotions eclipse even the most brilliantly written lines of dialogue. She invites the viewer in firsthand to bear witness to the heartbreaking singularity of…

  • Give Me Your Heart

    Give Me Your Heart

    ★★★½

    The bulk of the praise I'm about to bestow on this film is on account of Kay (no surprises there) -- I'm well aware of my implicit bias in favoring her performances, but this one in particular transcends her usual caliber. Any laudatory adjective given here to describe her acting would be a gross understatement, so I won't even attempt it. What I will do, however, is enlighten you all as to why this characterization in particular scintillates in the…

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★½

    Evocative and elusive exploration of loss and longing, with one story peripherally ricocheting off the other by way of a mutual missed connection. WKW captures and frames the bleary, bustling cityscape of Hong Kong to further draw upon the successive punches of sentimental malaise that characterize both arcs. I am absolutely enamored of the sharp, self-reflective musings interspersed throughout, all of which read like pure, poignant poetry.

    The simplicity of the first part conjures a stirring hunger that proves thematically…

  • Dos Estaciones

    Dos Estaciones

    ★★★★

    Remarkably stunning narrative debut from Juan Pablo Gonzalez, who harnesses his documentarian background to breathe grounding surrealism into an otherwise prosaic story. Long shots translate to meditative studies of character, behavior, and tacit connection. Every still is a painting, perfectly framed to construe deeper truths inherent to the land, culture, and citizens of Los Altos Jalisco. Even more impressive is the ambiguous approach he takes in espousing reality and fiction in the vein of neorealism, recruiting actors from the community…

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