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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★½

    Loved the use of real footage, and the scenes that truly got at PTSD, anger, and hurt, which had their own kind of poetry only Spike knows how to do. What was particularly brilliant here, was how the film gave a voice to the African-American experience of Vietnam, and how their anger and hurt was not just directed at war, but at fighting for a country that didn’t (and still doesn’t) protect them.

    Sadly I just disliked how all over…

  • Gilda

    Gilda

    ★★★★★

    Anytime Gilda tried to exert any kind of freedom, her opulent desire, the quick dialogue between her and Glenn Ford, the sexy music, when we first see her perform at the night club, when she comes back and realises she’s been played by Johnny and her pure anger, when she acts out by pushing it too far when she asks for someone in the crowd to unzip her, her confidence mixed with her deep longing for freedom and being found…

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  • Betty Blue

    Betty Blue

    ★★★★★

    “Betty Blue”, or “37°2 le matin” is a film that immediately grabbed all my senses and never loosened its grip. Director Jean-Jacques Beineix balances delicate depictions of love and tenderness to raw frustration and excess through his actors. Béatrice Dalle is incandescent as the twenty-year-old Betty, incarnating desire, youth, and passion. The film overlaps her passion into her increasing obvious mental health issues, therefore leaving up to the viewer how much attention and importance to assign to that part of her. …

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

    Now I’m mad we don’t use fax anymore