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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    cinema- to watch something in a darkened room, together but apart from the other patrons

    food- to eat and to nourish and to contemplate, as you sit alone in front of a mirror

    star- to burn brightly and then to fade

    history- to be forgotten but to linger on in the periphery, to cause ache and nostalgia

    light- to shine brightly on empty spaces but not empty faces

    projector- to show possibilities and capture ghosts drifting across the screen

    stranger- to stand in proximity and to almost touch but not quite

    rain- to walk alone as you are lost in your thoughts

    loneliness- to be

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina

    ★★★½

    okay but audrey hepburn even deigning to look at humphrey bogart and him being like “i am a cold mystery man of business and logic, i can totally play with this woman’s heart and catch no feelings whatsoever”... absolutely, positively unrealistic, i tell you.

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  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★½

    straddles the line between what makes a biopic good (using the story of someone to tell the story of something else) and what makes a biopic bad (assuming that a single person's achievement is noteworthy and therefore fascinating in and of itself). hollywood in general seems to think that the process of making movies is just so inherently entrancing that all you need is some guys standing around a camera and maybe some screaming thrown in and presto! your audience…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    al pacino represents fire to me.

    slowly smoldering fire to be clear. latter day pacino can yell and bellow with the best of them but he made his name with the indication of malice, rather than the storm of it. his eyes burned in the godfathers and that's all we needed. it was understood that a supernova had walked onto the stage and everyone else needed to take a bow.

    he's compared a lot to that other italian that won't…

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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★★

    there's a scene towards the end, where peter falk takes gena rowlands hand and puts it under the cold faucet water. it's bleeding and hurt and a little inflamed. he's not particularly gentle with her, ignoring as she winces in pain. he grabs a bandaid and slaps it on. he cannot tell her that he loves her.

    he's not particularly concerned with her feelings or well-being or that she just had a break-down mere moments before. he's just hoping that…

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ½

    look hopefully by now, y'all know me and know that when i don't enjoy a movie, that doesn't mean that i don't see the merit of it or that i want to attack its fans. art is subjective and art like this has been a staple for as long as it has because it's so open to interpretation.

    okay- so i'm sorry but i thought this was just morally nasty and nihilistic to the point that i couldn't get any…