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  • Lost in America

    ★★★★★

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    ★★★★

  • Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

  • Auntie Mame

    ★★★½

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  • So This Is Paris

    So This Is Paris

    ★★★★

    Something was wrong at my screening for this movie. When the actors spoke, there was no sound. Fortunately they had a guy wearing a fedora playing a piano so we weren't all sitting there in silence.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed this movie, but it starts to fall apart in the second half. It's not just the weirdness (SPOLER ALERT........... horses), but the focus and drive of the movie's first half seems to wane. But this movie has so many cool ideas, all slamming against each other in interesting ways, I don't know if any other filmmaker would have known how to stick the landing either. My 3.5 stars rating is misleading because, while I don't think it's a perfect movie, it's very entertaining, so it's a strong recommend.

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  • The World of Apu

    The World of Apu

    ★★★★★

    Satyajit Ray is so good at making movies. This one ends the Apu Trilogy, and, after putting our hero through numerous personal losses, saying that the sweet, sentimental ending is earned is a huge understatement.

    Of the three films, this one maybe has the most melodramatic touches, and I don't say that derisively. Pather Panchali feels more real to me for some reason, but this still captures so many small "real" moments.

    This is the one where I could see…

  • Let's Go with Pancho Villa!

    Let's Go with Pancho Villa!

    ★★★½

    Unfortunately, the quality of the DVD I was able to order was somewhat abysmal, but that seems to be incredibly common with classic Mexican films.

    But looking beyond the indecipherable audio and the muddy picture quality, this is such a fascinating movie. I expected heroic war-worship, and the movie sets up those expectations. The deaths depicted in the film start out heroic and grand but each scene chips away at that, ultimately depicting death as pointless and, in one scene, part of a completely random game of chance.