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  • Charlie Bubbles

    Charlie Bubbles

    ★★½

    Finney is a commanding, visually inventive director. Small parts of this even reminded me of Richard Lester’s masterpiece Petulia.

    But the central performance is so heavy, so morose, and for seemingly no reason, there’s a vacuum at the heart of the film. Would love to see a version of this pitched more as a satire that critiqued Bubbles’ struggles rather than taking them all so g-d seriously.

  • Love Hunter

    Love Hunter

    ★★★½

    Relatively subtle for this sort of thing.

    Great score.

    The director and a bunch of producers were arrested over obscenity charges... which they had to battle in court for eight years!!!

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  • The Pleasure of Being Robbed

    The Pleasure of Being Robbed

    ★★★½

    I understand that some people will be turned off by the meandering plot, shaky camera and "mumbly" characters. It's not for everyone.

    For me, though, this is the kind of warm, inventive American indie that's often overlooked because it doesn't attempt to make a grand statement. Instead, in its own quiet way, it evokes a lot of feeling: the crisp cold of early winter, the chatter of street people who populate every major city and the awkward conversation that ensues…

  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★½

    Vampire's Cage.