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  • Django
  • L'Argent
  • A Star Is Born
  • Lawrence of Arabia

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  • Rope

    ★★★½

  • Shanghai Blues

    ★★★★

  • The Cloud Door

    ★★★½

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★

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  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★½

    Forgot that Jimmy Stewart has that horribly stiff speech towards the end - he does his best with the material but it's just so canned and wildly unsuited to the shock of the moment. I assume Stewart and Hitchcock know how absurd it is for this man to act as if his words have been twisted by Brandon instead of simply and straightforwardly believed, but they don't really lean into it in a way that might unearth something truly cutting.…

  • Shanghai Blues

    Shanghai Blues

    ★★★★

    The city as a continual human collision; for some reason I thought this was going to be a low-key slice of life drama and instead it's one of the most chaotic movies I've ever seen in my life. Overwhelming and full of sweetness.

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  • Bigger Than Life

    Bigger Than Life

    The VIRGIN David Lean: ok so we've got a 4-hour WWI drama set in the Arabian desert, I think 2.20:1 is wide enough to convey the epic scope we're going for

    The BETA Christopher Nolan: 2.39:1 will give my mind-bending sci-fi thriller that expansive quality it really requires

    The CHAD Nicholas Ray: clearly 2.55:1 is the ideal aspect ratio for a 90-minute domestic drama set entirely in the American suburbs

  • The Village

    The Village

    ★★★★

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

    I watched this already knowing the twist, which I don't regret at all. Quite good as a depiction of how the desire to completely shield oneself from the violence of the outside world is itself a catalyst for violence, especially when enacted by people who have enough status and money to institute their own no-fly zone. The construction of "crime" as a unique and shocking category of social evil provides justification both for saving Lucius's life and for the elders'…