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  • Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    ★★★★★

    Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert...

    Forty years ago today, the first episode of Fassbinder's magnum opus Berlin Alexanderplatz first aired on German television, and it is my intention to watch every single episode on its 40th anniversary - a project that will keep going until December 29th. This review will get updated after every episode.

    The first episode, aptly titled The Punishment Begins, opens with our main character's release from prison, where he served a four-year sentence for manslaughter. Franz…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Reading all those tributes about Fellini's centennial made me want to revisit La Strada, which I feel I should do more often anyway.

    La Strada is one of my Holy Trinity of Cinema (the others being 2001 and Rashomon), a film I hold sacred and dear to my heart, that transcends its artform and that I will never not admire with every fiber of my being.

    Much of this is due to Giulietta Masina, who is playing Gelsomina. She might…

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  • Sicily!

    Sicily!

    ★★★½

    Sicilia! must be the best-looking film Straub and Huillet ever made. There film is their dry usual selves, but the cinematographs is terrific.

    This concludes my loose journey through the films on the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They list. I now have seen every single one on that list. Here is what used to be the list of remaining titles that I hadn't seen yet (includes the 2020 list, as well as titles that have dropped off the list during the two most recent updates), with links to reviews for all that I have seen this year.

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  • Nail in the Boot

    Nail in the Boot

    ★★★½

    The first half is rousing and full of energy. It drops a bit in its second half, though, when it suddenly becomes a courtroom drama.

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  • Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

    Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

    ★★★★

    An amazing super-duper-cut of iconic scenes from all of film history, that, taken together, tell a story of cinema.

    84 minutes of pure bliss for any film lover.

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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    ★★★★★

    A case for 'The Greatest Love of All' from Toni Erdmann as the greatest movie scene from the last decade:

    In it, Ines Conradi and her father Winfried, who is donning his Toni Erdmann wig and teeth and pretending to be the German ambassador, are in the home of complete strangers. She doesn't really want to be there and politely tries to find a way out. He sees his daughter not enjoying the moment, as he believes she ought to,…