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  • The Convent

    The Convent

    ★★★★½

    Faust Meets Farce.

    A delightful surprise! For some reason, I was half-expecting this to be "minor" Oliveira, something a bit stuffy and dry or perhaps even middlebrow (probably because of Malkovich and Deneuve, who collectively seem to have appeared in every middlebrow, prestigious European art film made during the '90s), but it turned out to be my favorite film of his I've seen thus far. Easily his funniest, relatively most accessible (and decidely un-daunting at a mere 90 minutes!), but…

  • Marat/Sade

    Marat/Sade

    ★★½

    Second viewing, no significant change in opinion to speak of. This film remains something that I feel like I should love in theory a lot more than I do, especially since Hal Hartley often mentions it is as a favorite/influence, and in general I dig all things Brechtian, but as it stands I admire it more than I enjoy it. It certainly has its moments, seeing it on 35mm definitely helped me to appreciate the inventiveness of some of the…

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    (I was originally planning on writing my review as an open letter to Hitchcock himself, which I might still do at some point, but this will suffice for now. The only part I regret not including was a question asking him how he'd like to be addressed. Hitch? Alfred? Al? Mr. Cock?)

    Reading that Orson Welles apparently hated this makes me so happy, especially when you consider that The Immortal Story is kind of the same thing except actually good...…

  • The Aviator's Wife

    The Aviator's Wife

    ★★★★★

    "Personally, I like life when it's most like a novel."

    My new favorite of Rohmer's "Comedies & Proverbs", and one of his greatest films overall. In a way, it might even be the director's quintessential work, in that it manages to encapsulate so many of the various themes that he addressed more specifically elsewhere, but no less astutely because of it. Along with The Green Ray, it is also perhaps Rohmer's most resolutely naturalistic film (here the hyper-articulateness of his characters…