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  • Streets of Fire

    ★★★

  • Claire's Camera

    ★★★★

  • The Devil Never Sleeps

    ★★

  • Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

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  • Streets of Fire

    Streets of Fire

    *** [Worth seeing]

    It's been said time and time again, but Michael Pare is far from the charismatic lead this movie needs. I respect an action hero that sounds like he just woke up from a deep nap, but when it comes to the emotional depth of the film, such as the lingering shot on his face just before the Torchie's raid, Pare is a blank canvas. He simply can't deliver the emotional undercurrents for the scene to work.

    Not…

  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera

    ★★★★

    **** [A must-see]

    Hong's hangout film and proof that he's the god of zooms, drinking, and ellipses.

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  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★★

    Leos Carax is the only working filmmaker left that knows how to use color. Film of the decade. Funny as hell and utterly tragic

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Schrader's Transcendental Style thesis is mostly bullshit when it comes to linking together Bresson, Dreyer, and Ozu, but its an excellent lens to view Schrader films. The Card Counter is perhaps his most Bressonian and Dreyeresque films. It's all here. The close ups of hands. the Pickpocket ending, writing in journals, long unbroken shots, and close ups of faces (okay not quite Bressonian there, more a Dreyer expression).

    But what a movie. The Card Counter reminds me of why I…