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  • My Brilliant Career
  • L'Avventura
  • Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
  • Summer with Monika

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  • A Taste of Honey

    ★★★★½

  • Mamma Roma

    ★★★★

  • Ace in the Hole

    ★★★½

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  • Mamma Roma

    Mamma Roma

    ★★★★

    scavenger hunt; prompt 2

    an accessible, i dare say breezy watch because it’s a genuinely well put-together moral fable with an excellent pace and believable character arcs. pasolini accomplishes so much; the film is grounded in the reality of rome’s slums, but all emotions are heightened by the film’s catholic fatalistic edge. i’m particularly obsessed with the visual storytelling that accentuates the modern featureless buildings towering over the ancient ruins in overgrown swamps.

    it’s a film on michael imperioli’s top…

  • Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole

    ★★★½

    "The Kirk Douglas School of Journalism. What's next, The Jack The Ripper's Women's Health Clinic?" - cousin greg's grandpa, probably

    I’ve been living with the very wrong impression that Ace in the Hole was a stylish film about gambling and gangsterism; I was taken aback by its caustic approach that reminded me of the writing of Upton Sinclair, and pleasantly surprised by its unique assets as a film - it’s a noir in broad daylight, set in a vast barren…

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  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    Happy-Go-Lucky

    ★★★★

    watched for film club

    as i suspected, this film is one half of Poppy and Johnny Go Boating and an anti-amélie in every way; and most importantly, a film about teaching! i’m lorraine bracco’s dr. melfi in the sopranos kind of teacher, while a colleague and close friend of mine is poppy - it's a personality type that kids respond incredibly well to and it's perfectly believable, complex and not necessarily gentle. sally hawkins's effortless, unteachable charm is just like…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★½

    no no nobody look at me but i ghostwrote the dialogue of this filmé about two hungover doctor who cosplayers playing irl settlers of catan, and i edited this in: “here’s looking at you kid. we’ll always have the dreary english countryside”

    i wish it was a flawless story (i always suspected that about zeffirelli but damn) but it’s one that is told so candidly and unpretentiously, under no illusion that the past was romantic or nostalgic in any way…