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  • Hypocrites

    Hypocrites

    ★★★★

    This is what I love about the early silents. There are no rules - or at least, there aren't the rules we assume movies will follow today. There is nothing in HYPOCRITES that works as a realistic portrayal of anything at all - unless you want to see it as a story about a priest who is so sad that people don't believe anymore, he sits down and just literary dies.

    There's the priest. Then there's his spiritual self, or…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★½

    I keep coming back to this movie. For one thing, it thoroughly entertains me, but I also feel it provides an opening for a discussion on the importance of spectacle in cinema.

    Cinema is the artform of daze. Unlike a great painting or a masterpiece novel, there is always something nonsensical about even the best movies ever made. The train is still arriving at the station. The images in a movie are always on some level symbolic, and their logic…

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  • Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Excellent drama - against all odds - about the trial of four judges from Nazi Germany who, after the Second World War, and before the Cold War, must be held accountable for the abominations they approved in their dictatorial trials. Tracy is perfect as usual playing the American judge who is pressured from several directions at the same time as he has to take a stand on ethics and morality against the principles of the legal system and the dark…

  • Angel Has Fallen

    Angel Has Fallen

    The dumbbell Mike Banning - who makes Rambo look like a wise poet - is a bit burnt out after playing John McClane for two movies. What is the best cure for PTSD? Of course: More violence! Here he is framed for an assassination attempt on the president (Freeman, who else?) and has to clear his name through an automatic series of action scenes that do not give the main character any further challenge; the villains are given from the…

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  • The Touch

    The Touch

    ★★

    Catching up with Bergman 16/20

    Elliot: Hi. I'm Elliot Gould. Is this a Bergman movie? It seems I'm in Sweden.

    Bibi: Oh, yes hello, we're two Swedish actors who have worked with Ingmar for more than twenty years, let's speak English for a while

    E: Okay, um. Here's a line for you, Bibi: I love you

    B: You do?

    E: Yes

    B: I probably love you too

    E: That's fine.

    B: I mean I'm not sure. I'm pregnant?

    E: Sorry,…

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★

    After eight years, it's a bit of a letdown to find that PAN'S LABYRINTH really isn't a film about any labyrinth of Pan's but rather a film about a Spanish fascist general killing or torturing a bunch of people. In the confused moral landscape of the film, fascism seems to constitute "reality"; so I guess we're all fascists at heart, unless we live in fantasy worlds of course.

    The film is imaginative but I found it to be a bit…