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  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★★

    Perfect mood to start 2021 with and despite of the obligatory whiskey, it's a good hangover movie too! There's something magical about the way a movie can seem like an old friend. Rio Bravo is that. Stumpy might be the greatest comedic relief to exist. Can't every movie have Stumpy?

    Happy new year! May your year be filled with great movies :)

  • Faces

    Faces

    ★★★★½

    "So what have I got after all those years? A big house, a kooky wife and a kid who wears sneakers."

    Stunning. The godfather of independent movies with another slam dunk. One hell of an emotional roller coaster. So uncomfortable, painfully real and honest; a manic-depressive portrait of the dissolution of a marriage and middle-age boredom. Middle-class America as a bleak dystopia. Pathetic, self-centered people rambling, drinking, arguing, falling in and out of love, fucking each other over, doing terrible and cowardly things. Gena Rowlands crying while singing is the essence. Final shot is an all-timer.

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  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful, sad and thoughtful exploration of masculinity, ego, regret, and of jealousy so deep-rooted that it can destroy lives. Its almost entirely plotless, has hardly any dialogue and is slowly paced; everything is so magnificently understated and subdued to great, poetic effect. The performances are naturalistic and by its hypnotic visuals and rhythm (those training drills really have an almost musical feel to it), and its great use of music, it becomes a real treat with an ending so sad but so sublime.

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★½

    The little scene where he stands in the police car driving away, looking out of the window with the bars in front of him and tears in his eyes just killed me...