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  • Manila in the Claws of Light
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • M. Butterfly
  • Mind Game

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  • Notturno

    ★★★

  • I Am Greta

    ★★★

  • 76 Days

    ★★★

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    ★★★

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  • Notturno

    Notturno

    ★★★

    "We don't know where we're going nor when we'll arrive"

    Rosi's modus operandi in a nutshell. Terrific images throughout, but I'm having the same problem (to a lesser degree) as with Sacro Gra, my only previous experience with Rosi and which I found irritating: it's a shapeless portrait which tries to be free-associative for the viewer. That is in theory my favorite kind of documentary. In practice, it is very difficult to pull off. I think Rosi has improved over the years, but I'm not sure if it's just that the central subject is far more serious, which probably makes a difference. Captivating, but extremely muddled.

  • I Am Greta

    I Am Greta

    ★★★

    More intimate than you would probably expect at first (this doc isn't green propaganda or an hagiography) but it has one big problem: we are witnessing Greta's evolution as an activist and yes, the filmmakers have access to very personal interactions between Greta and her family, but it merely stops too early; A Boyhood approach would had given greater dividens, imo. Still, this is good stuff and it works too as a portrait of an activist who happens to be asperger (whose characteristics turn out to help her in her crusade).

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  • The Night They Raided Minsky's

    The Night They Raided Minsky's

    ★★★½

    Probably minor Friedkin, but riveting as a part of his juvenilia. It is, at least, a film very uncharacteristic of what he would eventually become during the next decade (I guess you could strain to establish some thematic links, but it bears zero resemblence to works like The French Connection, The Exorcist or Sorcerer) Apparently, this film took more time to edit than film and it shows in the final result: The Night They Raided Minsky's is quite jazzy in…

  • Pale Rider

    Pale Rider

    ★★★★

    A beautiful western, made when the genre was out of fashion. I prefer this over Shane, its original model, which I did not hate when I saw it for the first time, but is definitely an inferior film in every aspect (for starters, I find Alan Ladd to be a very boring performer). Great use of landscape and more subtle detail than in other Eastwood films.