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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Boogie Nights
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Children of Paradise

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  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★½

  • Salome's Last Dance

    ★★★★½

  • Salomé

    ★★★★

  • Hell's Half Acre

    ★★★

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  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★½

    COLLAB FILM CLUB

    A downbeat film about an aging smalltime career criminal on the lower-tier of the Irish Mafia in Boston, this is more of a character study than a thriller. And Robert Mitchum is perfect as Eddie Coyle. He’s living on the edge of desperation, making deals and trying to cash in on loyalties long gone. His dreams of an easier life keep slipping further away. So he considers becoming an informer to stave off going to prison. It’s…

  • Salome's Last Dance

    Salome's Last Dance

    ★★★★½

    August 2022: Theme of the Month - Make/Remake
    "Salome" (1922) vs "Salome's Last Dance" (1988)

    Like Nazimova, director Ken Russell sticks closely to the storyline of Oscar Wilde's 1891 one-act play. But Russell puts an interesting frame around it. He imagines it as being staged in a brothel frequented by Wilde and his young lover Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas as a birthday present to Wilde because the play had been banned. The parts are played by the sex workers (male…

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I know I'm going to be an outlier here. In many ways I was awed by Jane Campion's masterful unpacking of masculinity, gender, homosexuality, repressed desire and psychosexual conflicts - both within and between her characters - in 1920s Montana that still evokes the Old West. This didn't surprise me because she's such an accomplished filmmaker. The cinematography blew me away, as well as the score. But something about her portrayal of a man tortured and in many ways damaged…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    There's always been films about children and families living on the margins of society. But here Sean Baker shines an ironic and unflinching spotlight on kids living in the cheap "welfare hotels" just a short distance from Orlando's Disney World where families across the country and beyond come to experience (and pay expensive admission fees) for a fantasy version of the American dream.

    It's a masterful move, and it's to Baker's credit that he does this without judgement. He lets…