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  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • La Jetée
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • After Hours

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  • Cabaret

  • The Woman Who Ran

  • Psycho II

  • The Last Duel

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  • Cabaret

    Cabaret

    A short list of things I loved in Cabaret: The bookends; Michael York countervailing the supernova Liza Minnelli; the Kit Kat Klub, styled as the height of nightlife debauchery, nevertheless paling in camp, horror, and poor taste in the face of rosy-cheeked Nazi children singing in broad daylight; the way it abandons its characters to the tide of history (because what can we do about that, after all); its intentional application of musical numbers that really shred, including the lone…

  • The Woman Who Ran

    The Woman Who Ran

    At the height of his power, Hong's films feel like water falling seamlessly through the air. Kim Min-hee anchors this effortless triptych of women sharing casual intimacy, with occasional (and purposeful) blips of friction arising from the intrusions of faceless, barely-there men. I loved the curiosity of his camera, its liquid-smooth pans and zooms as it takes interest in some element of a scene or another. I loved the recurring cutting of apples. I even loved the continuing thread of…

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  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (I get misty about here)
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (Damon lasts this long)
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (The eagle has landed)

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    I watched this as a prelude to seeing Maleficent, for the first time since I was a very young child. At a scant 75 minutes, its plot is too simple and iconic to forget. But what leapt out at me, viewing the film as an adult, is how thinly-disguised its explorations of patriarchal sexuality are.

    Because, really, who wins in the end? The two kings, one of whom assigns his young son to marry the other's newborn girl, in a…