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  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★★

    I haven’t been this thrilled by the end of a movie in a long time. 

    Oliver Assayas (sp?) manages to both take a piss on directors and make you feel more excited about film than I could imagine.  Maggie Cheung is so cool and natural as... Maggie Chung.  He perfectly captures the vibe of being on set.  

    I love this movie.

  • Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow

    Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow

    ★★★★

    I recognize that there is a certain amount of nostalgia for why I loved this mini-series for Disney’s World of Color presentation of Dr Sun (though the rental I got was The Scarecrow of Romney Flats).   It’s another Robin Hood story, but those masks... and the Batman quality of it all is so pleasant.  Watching this super smart rebellious vicar by day, scarecrow with hellsprite by night robbing the British aren’t and French liquor is so cool.  It’s three…

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★★

    An incredibly beautiful, violent and funny heartfelt ode to the cinematic west.    And within the middle of this feature movie of western short stories, there lies an ode to the death of cinema.   All while streaming on Netflix.   I wish that I could have seen it in a movie theater but am grateful for Netflix to put it out there.   

    The Coen Brothers certainly know how to film faces too.   


    I hope there’s a film print out there that will show at the New Beverly.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece.  Adam Sandler destroys.  The Safdie Brothers are as legit as it gets.   It’s a harrowing movie that never lets up. It’s entertaining and funny beyond.  It feels so real, while being cinematic and stylized.  And the soundtrack is out of this world.