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  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
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  • Grizzly Man

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  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle


  • Nightmare Alley


  • A Matter of Life and Death


  • The Ghost Writer


Pinned reviews

  • Come and See

    Come and See


    Although I've seen people call this a realistic movie, nothing in it strikes me as real, in the sense of photographic realness that captures an event accurately.

    Seen through the eyes of a 13-14 year old protagonist, with a wandering, moving camera that itself feels like a real participant in the movie (and thus the movie's persuasion is very powerful -- you feel like you are there with everyone), "Come and See" depicts a wartime nightmare of what it feels…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue


    "Blue" is less a formal movie than a visual lyric dedicated to grief. You could say that the main character suffers terrible loss and, as the plot goes, she deals with it. That's it.

    But wait, Kieslowski structured these Three Colors films around the French Revolution's three values, even though he downplayed that, and "Blue" is about liberty. I'm one to think that his movies, whether Three Colors or Decalogue, are in fact profound meditations on their topic.

    How is…

Recent reviews

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle


    One key to this movie is its title: "The Friends..."

    Eddie Coyle being a Massachusetts-based gun-runner, what friends does he have? The entire movie is about finks and narcs, ratting on your "friends." And when the ATF is asking you -- asking for them is always threatening -- to turn in your friends, well you become a fast friend of the ATF.

    That is what Coyle, played by Robert Mitchum, is up to. He has "befriended" Richard Jordan's ATF agent…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley


    "Nightmare Alley," more dark moral drama than noir, discusses the overlap between entertainer, huckster, and preacher.

    Draw up a Venn diagram of those three labels, and Stanton Carlisle, played by Tyrone Power, fits right in the middle.

    He would shun the "preacher" label, though he grew up in an orphanage where he was forced to learn the Bible so well that he can use it to sentimentally con his way out of tough situations, using the words of Christ.


Popular reviews

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death


    The only reason you need to see "A Matter of Life and Death" is because it's one of the weirdest movies I can think of.

    Powell and Pressburger made their post-WW2 dream, and in the process, they foreran all the big problems of postmodernism and neuroscience. They are telling us, I think, that WW2 helped launch a bunch of modern existential crises.

    Chief among them is whether we are all just delusional all the time. The question of the veracity…

  • Dune




    I guess this is a spoiler, although doubtful for most of you: this is only Part 1.

    Apparently we are going to be subject to another Dune movie, Part 2, and God knows how many more.

    As such, this "Dune" is really "Dune: Part 1," which if I remember correctly from my reading of it a decade ago, this is also only half of the novel. The second half will follow in a future installment of Part 2.