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  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Written on the Wind
  • The Apartment
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  • The Goat

  • The Great Buster: A Celebration

  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    ★★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

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  • The Great Buster: A Celebration

    The Great Buster: A Celebration

    It's kinda refreshing to watch something that's just a survey of a body of work, without many pretensions. This functions as a good primer and jumping off point, even if it doesn't deliver much in terms of new analysis or interrogation.

    I hadn't seen anything from Keaton's early sound years, so that was interesting and depressing.

    Funny collection of talking heads here. Enjoyed Knoxville's enthusiasm, and I would love to know how he and Bogdanavich got in touch.

  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    ★★★★

    Relatively low key for a while until the criminals really have to be criminals toward the end. Until things ramp up, you don't see Gabin and crew do anything violent or unacceptable. They're mostly being gentlemen. The shift makes the later events hit hard.

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    I dunno, I thought this was great. He's one-upping himself visually and not even trying to go for emotion, which is where his films have often fallen flat for me. The levity lane plays to his strengths. And the same way it's striking when his camera breaks out of its locked off framings, it feels a little poignant whenever the film does go for a moment of pathos.

    I'd rank the three big segments like this:
    1. The first one…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    There's definitely a missing angle. Others have said it better, but the film doesn't quite hit the economic and labor realties behind this subset of people. It's kinda present, off to the side of these great, human glimpses of an America I'm less familiar with. But it feels a little torn between the appealing possibilities of a life with no roots and a soft indictment of capitalism's wreckage. I don't think you can play Amazon apolitically. Still, it's pretty good!…