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  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    ★★★

  • Fail Safe

    ★★★

  • Seven Days in May

    ★★★★½

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    ★★

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  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    ★★★

    Well, that was an odd experience.

    As much as I love early Wes Anderson, I feel like everything he's made after GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL has shown him running out of gas, just repeating the same offbeat moments.

    HENRY SUGAR is already an unusual film in that it's about 40 minutes long, so it isn't quite a feature, but critiquing it as a short film, it feels like it wears out its welcome. The main gimmick is how Anderson draws so…

  • Fail Safe

    Fail Safe

    ★★★

    The serious version of DR. STRANGELOVE.

    So maybe this was a case for me where, having first seen a comedy tell this exact same story (seriously, some plot points are nearly identical), it was a little hard to engage with a drama seriously.

    I'll give FAIL SAFE credit in that it's shot and directed very well by Sidney Lumet, using a lot of striking camerawork that emphasize the catastrophic situation. And while the entire cast is strong, Henry Fonda as…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    "In a character-study movie, it's only interesting if you're actually willing to study the character."
    -Jenny Nicholson

    Watching this movie projected in glorious 70mm, even though I know it wasn't shot that way, is a charming experience. That wonderful texture of celluloid that succeeds in making this feel like an '80's period piece, the feeling of the projected image, the cigarette burns in the top right corner. This is such a key part of what makes cinema what it is,…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    "Suzy...Sara...I once read that names which begin with the letter S are the names of snakes! Sssss! Ssssss!"

    Arguably the most famous giallo film of all time, and the one that most defines the genre.

    Trance-like pace, haunting camerawork and set design, the distinct use of color, specifically reds and greens, and one of the few films where you really notice lighting. Yes, it's a style-over-substance film, but it still has enough good story elements to pull you in.

    Jessica…