Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • Day for Night
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

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  • Slumberland

    ★★★½

  • Jitterbugs

    ★★★

  • The Bullfighters

    ★★

  • No End

    ★★★

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  • Jitterbugs

    Jitterbugs

    ★★★

    A likable grifter convinces two street musicians to help him in recovering the 10,000 a gang has stolen from a young woman. Complicated plot has so many loose ends it makes little or no sense, but Laurel & Hardy - and a more than adequate budget that allows for a few elaborate set pieces make it work. Watch for the boys performing music with a funny, semi-automatic orchestra, and Stan impersonating a shrill-voiced old lady. 4 musical numbers for up-and-coming Vivian Blaine.

  • The Old Way

    The Old Way

    ★★★

    A vengeful past catches up with a retired shootist (and, most importantly, with his family) forcing him to dust off his guns and killing skills. The title pretty much says it all: this low-budget western throws back to that same past era of simplistic storytelling pleasure that Walter Hill recently explored in Dead for a Dollar, barring excessive violence, downplaying the intensity of its revenge theme with unexpected comedic tones and, most surprisingly, with a relationship between Cage and 12-years-old…

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★

    As a star orchestra conductor reaches the peak of her career, the chickens finally come home to roost. Todd Field's third feature (and his first in 16 years) begins as if it was a biographical documentary on a celebrity, then progressively moves closer and closer to its protagonist as her destiny unravels. The less you know about it, the better you will enjoy this labyrinthine, psychological drama: but Field's meticulous attention to detail pays off in spades for viewers who…