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  • Black Narcissus
  • Duck Soup
  • Groundhog Day
  • Face/Off

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  • The Wind in the Willows

    ★★★½

  • The Black Cauldron

    ★★★

  • Devi

    ★★★½

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★

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  • The Wind in the Willows

    The Wind in the Willows

    ★★★½

    The only adaptation of The Wind in the Willows that I've seen, but a very fine adaptation. It makes absolutely no attempt to add any sense to Kenneth Grahame's ludicrous and episodic narrative. It also stays very true to the prose, with Vanessa Redgrave's narration containing some of the more memorable narrative ramblings that are most likely impenetrable to an audience of children. So, in this sense, the movie suffers for the exact same reasons the book suffers. It is…

  • The Black Cauldron

    The Black Cauldron

    ★★★

    A perfect 1980s dark fantasy film. Most of the other movies of this period's sword & sorcery variety were live action, and the animation here really allows the film to dive into effects that were otherwise outside the budget of those live action efforts. It makes for a very curious Disney film, and it's no wonder this has mostly stayed in the Disney vault since its release in '85. (Currently the bluray is only available through the Disney Movie Club, soon…

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  • The PriceMaster

    The PriceMaster

    ★★★★

    Very surreal and very unnerving little piece of public access gold focused on a stoop sale as performance art in Denton, Texas, around 2001. My friend texted me the link and said "If you have five minutes, check this out," and I ended up watching all 30 minutes of it.

    Shot on a handheld video camera, vérité style, it documents unsuspecting customers finding themselves at a stoop sale in which nothing is labeled with a price and a strange figure,…

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    TÁR is the greatest interpretation of symphony in cinematic form I have ever seen. (Not that there are many other interpretations. The works of Maya Deren come to mind, and certainly Amadeus attempted to harness the grandeur and beauty of symphony, but did so via exposition and allusion, never through immersion.) TÁR is a story about the over-accomplished, narcissistic, classical conductor, Lydia Tár, as played by Cate Blanchett, who, with every new role she takes on, seems to possess an…

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