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  • Contempt
  • Mulholland Drive
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

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  • Damnation

    ★★★★

  • Wise Girl

    ★★★

  • Amsterdam

    ★★★★

  • Thunder Road

    ★★★★

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Early in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the monolith first appears to primitive mankind and seems to bestow upon them the ability to learn the use of tools and weapons. After several million years of evolution and technological advancement, the monolith is discovered on the moon and is found to be in communication with something in the direction of the planet Jupiter. Within a matter of months, a crew of astronauts and scientists are on their way to find the monolith’s…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) has finally consented to sit for her portrait. Marianne (Noémie Merlant) directs her pose, “Turn toward me—a little more—turn your head slightly—rest your arm here.” Taking hold of her arm she adjusts its position. She places the right hand upon the left. She asks, “Are you comfortable?—can you hold that pose?” Héloïse answers, “Oui.”

    Héloïse is sitting upon an improvised pedestal. She is wearing a dark green gown and her hair is tied up exposing her ears…

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  • The Image Book

    The Image Book

    ★★★★★

    He sits at his editing table manipulating strips of film with his fingers. Fastening the strips together with a safety pin, he reflects on how the five fingers make up the hand and how man’s true condition is to think with his hands. A roll of film is unspooled in an explosion of intensely saturated colors, reds, blues, yellow, as the urgent beating of drums pervades the soundtrack. Johnny jumps from his chair and confronts Vienna’s glaring blue eyes and…

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★★

    In a green space near a swimming pool, Faye (Rooney Mara) is playing with a little girl, sharing her wonder, pointing with her finger at a disappearing butterfly.
    “I wanted experience.”
    A boom camera swings overhead. Among a crowd at an afternoon concert, Faye looks up at the performer’s image on a huge video screen.
    “I told myself, any experience is better than no experience.”
    Wandering outside the venue, her wrist covered with festival wristbands, she stops to watch through…

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  • La Jetée

    La Jetée

    ★★★★★

    1962 was the time of the cold war and the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States with the Cuban Missile Crisis occurring during October of that year. World War III and the fear of nuclear holocaust was on everyone’s mind, but in La Jetée these things merely provide a backdrop for a story that is about something altogether different. In Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), after Madeleine’s death, Scottie is obsessed with her memory and is driven by a…

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★★★★

    The life of Adele. Every morning Adele comes out the door, adjusts her pants, and hurries down the street to catch the bus that takes her to school. In class they are reading from La Vie de Marianne, "Ideas take hold of me. I am a woman. I tell my story." The passage being discussed considers the possibility of 'love at first sight'. Adele is enchanted, she loves this book and is immersed in the life of Marianne. Wide eyed,…