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  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    ★★★★★

    In 1980 Jean-Luc Godard appeared on the Dick Cavett Show.

    Dick: Why can't Americans make better movies as you see it?
    Jean-Luc: Well, they can, they can, but don't, probably don't want.
    Dick: ...why?
    Jean-Luc: I don't know they must... maybe they feel too comfortable at home. And to create you have to go out of your home, and to come back maybe, but you have to go out once or another. I mean and probably they don't want. Most…

  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    ★★★★★

    And I'll probably watch it two or three more times before Ascension Sunday on May 16th.

    Still waiting for the Indicator seires Blu-ray to be announced. Will probably check out the US blu-ray with May's cut from my local public library, whenever I drop in next. That was how I first saw it, almost in shock by the briliance, but my subsequent 7+ viewings have all been on my VHS tape I purchased used, a former Video Store rental that fades away more and more with every visit, as if it were a priceless film print.

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  • Lone Star

    Lone Star

    ★★★★★

    As for me, it's just one of your unsolved mysteries.

    Forget the Alamo.

  • Lightning Over Water

    Lightning Over Water

    ★★★★★

    When I initially logged this I gave it 4 stars. Then it lingered in my mind and the moments grew more meaningful. I'll watch it again, perhaps seeing if earlier cuts are available online.

    It reminds me of the final times I saw my grandfathers. The conversations didn't seem to significant at the time, but death turns these memories around. A new relationship seems possible between us and the departed, a spiritual intimacy beyond miscommunication and subjectivity.

    The last close…

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★★

    This Solemnity of Corpus Christi I'm still thinking of The Passion of Paul, more commonly known as "Da 5 Bloods."

    Just as Malcom X arrived in the wake of Rodney King's trials, in the wake of the Los Angeles Uprising of 1992, again Spike Lee has made another masterpiece, equally spiritual and political, at exactly the time it's most needed.

    [for more on how Da 5 Bloods relates to other Lee masterpieces, see a full thread starting here:
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  • The Missouri Breaks

    The Missouri Breaks

    ★★★★★

    Brando Unhinged.
    The Freewheelin' Marlon Brando.
    Gunfight at the Cuckoo Corral.


    I love when he takes over a role like this. Every scene of his is completely captivating with his odd characterization. Nicholson, Stanton, Quaid, and the rest also do well, but Brando is on another level. I suppose he felt it takes a madman to be a real man hunter.

    Arthur Penn continues to impress me. Somewhat like Lumet, he gives the actors a lot of leeway to build…