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  • That Cold Day in the Park

    That Cold Day in the Park

    Not a masterpiece, but interesting. He can't quite land the Polanski claustrophobia, but I don't think that's entirely a bad thing - it's a more open, freeform movie generally. I'm sure anyone writing a paper on the class or gender dynamics in Altman's movies would find a lot to write about here - it's interesting that generally, he seems drawn to dynamics where the woman's in some sense in a position of power over the man - whether economic as…

  • 3 Women

    3 Women

    Was expecting a low-key, simmering psychodrama. Got a feverish, intense, overwhelmingly oppressive psychodrama, was reminded as much of The Beguiled or The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant as the obvious Persona touchstone. Extremely good but I can't say I exactly enjoyed watching it.

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  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

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

    Still basically flawless. "Poetic" is probably an overused word in film criticism, but when I think about the ending I keep thinking of a line of WB Yeats (which I can't source now and am probably going to butcher in paraphrase), that the key to a great poem is the use of a word which is intellectually surprising but in hindsight inevitable.

    Like Trouble Every Day, this uses an extreme choice of subject matter to represent the pretty much universal,…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    Watched this at about 15 when I was first getting into films and it blew me away. Hadn't rewatched it since, despite loving WKW, because I was worried it'd hit me too hard. Wise move, it turns out.