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Some favorite first time watches from the previous month.

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  • Between the Lines

    Between the Lines

    ★★★★½

    Ostensibly a film about an alt newspaper's staff going through the motions unaware that they're quickly being made obsolete, but really a film about people and how they relate to each other, often settling on the sexual politics between men and women.

    The detail of character and depth of feeling exhibited by them is remarkable. And much like her other films, I admire how much Silver just lets action play out.

    John Heard is an incredible actor. It's in a…

  • The Mirror Has Two Faces

    The Mirror Has Two Faces

    This is the only one of Streisand's three movies where it feels like her style isn't working against material. A big part of it is that the material is so on-the-face ridiculous; a man realizes he cannot be aroused because it leaves him unable to accomplish any of his academic work, so he decides to date an "unattractive" woman and base their relationship on common interests.

    Yes, Barbra Streisand does play the supposedly unattractive woman (her sister and mother comment…

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  • A Slice of Lynch

    A Slice of Lynch

    This begins with David Lynch receiving an order of pie and staring at it until his brain causes Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, and John Wentworth to appear out of thin air. He then remarks “This is the strangest damn thing!"

    Later on he asks what Baywatch is.

  • Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

    Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

    ★★★½

    Wild and wacky. This entry never takes itself particularly seriously and is filled with cartoony gags one would not typically see. From what I remember of the comic, the expressionist character work here is pretty in line with how they're depicted there. Features some seriously spectacular set-pieces and sequences which should be the envy of any live-action movie.

    The last time I saw this I was unfamiliar with Seijun Suzuki's filmography, but this is very Suzuki with its emphasis on color and motion over lucid plotting. His real place in filmmaking might actually be animation, although I wouldn't trade his live-action films for anything.