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  • Welcome Mr. Marshall!

    Welcome Mr. Marshall!

    ★★★★

    Luis García Berlanga was brilliant right from the start. The great director has long been familiar and lauded in his native Spain, but thanks are due The Criterion Collection for bringing his work to a larger international audience. This movie amazed me for being such incisive social satire while also endearingly charming and sweet at heart. It's also got a bit of the Avant Garde about it, but not in a way that mainstream audiences would find off-putting. I think…

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    The Ox-Bow Incident

    ★★★★

    Some great movies are more then what they ostensibly purport to be. In this case the murderous stupidity of American Fascism is smartly transmitted via an efficient artful Western.

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  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★★

    Not since my first viewing of "Mulholland Drive" have I felt so deeply moved and affected by a film without completely understanding why in an intellectual sense. While I could easily discuss at length what's wonderful and astounding and surprising about this beautifully humane film, I feel I'll need to see it at least one more time to better assimilate and process the many philosophical inquiries it prompts. Or maybe it's better to simply be at peace with the purity…

  • Mamma Roma

    Mamma Roma

    ★★★★½

    I've long loved Pasolini and have seen almost all of his films, but none other has affected me as emotionally as Mamma Roma. I had to stop the film a few times to maintain composure and collect my thoughts. At one point in the film Mamma says that people are responsible for what happens to them, but the fact is that circumstance and fate never really gave her or her previously estranged son Ettore a chance to get ahead. I…