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  • The Thin Man
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Red Beard
  • Being There

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  • The Red Balloon

  • Children of Men

  • Haywire

  • Peeping Tom

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  • The Red Balloon

    The Red Balloon

    I'm on the fence as to cinema's ability to convey fairy tales well (as a medium, it just leans so dang heavily toward realism), but this one pretty much nails it. Short-form helps, I think, abbreviating our need to suspend disbelief or (better) maintain a fantastical belief. But, is this even a fairly tale? Those are about archetypes, right? So what is it here? Childhood? Love? Companionship? Genuinely not sure, but it looks and feels meaningful. (This is a call for help.)

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    Movies have no business being this good.

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  • Gone in Sixty Seconds

    Gone in Sixty Seconds

    After Nic Cage goes all Zen-Buddhist listening to "Low Rider," then opens his eyes and says, "Let's ride," I told my wife to bury me with the blu-ray of this movie.

  • One Hundred and One Nights

    One Hundred and One Nights

    ★★★★★

    Are you familiar or in love with the following:

    Fellini/Mastroianni collaborations
    Mastroianni's repartee with Anouk Aimée
    Jean-Paul Belmondo
    Catherine Deneuve
    Robert De Niro (w/ ponytail)
    Alain Delon
    the Lumière brothers
    the Cannes Film Festival
    Luis Buñuel
    Gerard Depardieu's death scenes
    Welles & Touch of Evil
    Jeanne Moreau
    Jean Renoir
    Erich von Stroheim (in The Grand Illusion & Sunset Boulevard)
    Agnès Varda (esp. Cleo, Le Bonheur, & Vagabond)
    Jacques Demy (esp. Young Girls)
    Nosferatu
    and/or cinema?

    Then this is for you. Viewing this was…