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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The 400 Blows
  • East of Eden
  • Across the Universe

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★

  • Four

    ★★★

  • Mare of Easttown

    ★★★★★

  • First Cow

    ★★★½

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★

    What happens when an immensely talented, obsessively creative 29-year old is locked up alone in a room for a pandemic year gradually going crazy? An almost 2 hour, solipsistic TikTok video that is mostly fun, occasionally self-indulgent, often genius. Bo Burnham is multi-talented...singer-songwriter, director, actor, cameraman, innovator. I happen to love the inside of his head since I'm also inside there with him (even if I'm 50 years older). Your mileage may vary.

  • Four

    Four

    ★★★

    A mood piece based on a play about a closeted white kid, a middle age black man whose wife is agoraphobic, and his teenage daughter who is dating a Latino basketball wannabe. In one 4th of July night they pair off, sex happens and...what? Certainly no resolution to any of their problems. But the 2012 film does raise the question: why didn't Emory Cohen become the big star that his talent deserved?

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  • El Topo

    El Topo

    ★★★★★

    The New York Times contacted me today for background about my review of El Topo that was published in the L.A. Free Press on April 23, 1971. They provided me with a scan of the article, and I'm reposting it here. Maybe 43 years later its verbiage is a little embarrassing; but I stand by what I wrote back then. How often do we get an opportunity to view what we thought about films through the prism of the far…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell's popularity and reputation for enlightened whimsy eludes me. I can't blame the actors in what has become his "stock company" for my dislike of this film. Rather it must be Russell's mechanistic, by-the-numbers script filled with neurotic characters acting nonsensically. I know I'm out of step with audiences here; so forget that I ever tried to review this film.