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  • Sanjuro

    ★★½

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

    ★★★★½

  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    ★★★★

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★½

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  • Death in Venice

    Death in Venice

    ★★★★★

    “To our eyes it appears that the sand runs out only... only at the end... and until it does, it's not worth thinking about... 'til the last moment... when there's no more time left to think about it.“
    It’s unfortunate that this production was marred by Visconti’s rigorous directing methods to the point of Björn Andresen feeling uncomfortable and exploited, not only for his own experience but the fact that it will forever be a blight on such a perfect…

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★★

    “Isn't it easier to go forward when you know you can't go back?”
    One of the trippiest pre-70s Hollywood productions I’ve ever seen, Seconds cast a hypnotic spell on me from Saul Bass’ deeply unsettling opening credits sequence all the way through until the final frame of James Wong Howe’s reliably pristine and unique camerawork.
    I really enjoyed all the cool camera techniques, wide angle lenses, odd camera placements, hidden cameras, etc. Howe manages to balance periods of more or less…

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★½

    God I don’t think I’ve ever been so mixed on a movie. It’s very frustrating, as there is a lot in here that could make this the best film of the Elm Street franchise. For reference, I don’t have the nostalgia goggles that most fans of the series have, having seen every entry after the first two for the first time this month. First let’s talk about the clearest improvement, which are the technical elements. While slightly derivative of Texas Chainsaw,…

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    ★★★★½

    Yeah I’m far from what most would consider “patriotic” and this is undeniably just a wafer-thin slice of wartime propaganda but goddamn does it succeed at that goal. I rate based on enjoyment, and I don’t need a narrative when I can watch James Cagney sing and dance for hours inside Curtiz’s luscious and immaculate staging. That the family scenes were so wholesome was just sugar on top. I love Walter Huston and Joan Leslie is just ravishing.

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    “Two years of nights have turned me into a nocturnal animal.“
    Oh my lord where to start. Batman will always be my favorite “super”hero, even if he is just a venture capitalist with PTSD that pretty much buys his way into having enough firepower and technical versatility to position himself above the law on the food chain so he can work out his issues in a sadistic and masochistic manner on people no one would miss. Yes, it’s unethical, but…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★★

    The Virgin factually accurate biopic vs the Chad impressionistic character study. 

    In other words—as evident by the protestations from the person who saw the movie with me—this isn’t how Diana really was. My poor Dianaphilic companion couldn’t see the forest for the trees. She was most upset by Kristen Stewart’s overly histrionic, borderline high camp take on the beautiful, miserable princess—one who despite the worst turmoil always kept her best foot forward and tried her hardest. Emma Corrin’s portrayal on…