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  • Citizen Kane
  • Rear Window
  • Casablanca
  • The Apartment

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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★

  • Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

  • La Terra Trema

    ★★★★

  • Drunken Angel

    ★★★★

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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★

    I had been meaning to see this John Cassavetes movie for a while. It was probably my assumption based on the title, but I had always thought this was a drama about alcoholism. The Lost Weekend but 70’s indie-style. I was not at all prepared for what I got: a deeply personal and intensely discomfiting portrait of a family living with mental illness. I suppose its not not about alcoholism, but the extent to which Mabel drinks seems secondary to…

  • La Terra Trema

    La Terra Trema

    ★★★★

    In preparation for Sight & Sound's eight decennial international critics poll of the greatest films of all time, set to come out next year, I decided to catch up with all the films that made their previous eight top ten lists. This time, it's La Terra Trema, a 1948 Italian neo-realist drama directed by Luchino Visconti. This movie cracked the Sight & Sound top ten list in 1962, coming in at number 9.

    The movie is about a poor fishing village in…

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    Citizen Kane is so often spoken of in hushed tones, as though it is a museum piece to be admired and analyzed. Or it’s remembered simply as a place-holder for the top of a particular class: “such and such is the Citizen Kane of fill-in-the-blank.” And then you will inevitably get the hot take, “Well, it’s important for introducing all these camera techniques, but now that those techniques are commonplace, we really don’t need it anymore.” Perhaps the film is…

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    High and Low. Rich and Poor. Right and Wrong. Cops and Criminals. Shoes and Hats. Act One and Act Two. Akira Kurosawa's 1963 crime thriller High and Low is a film of contrasts. While it is structured around dichotomies, its fascination lies in how the seemingly opposing sides bleed into one another. This first part of the movie is a tense moral parable. Mr. Gondo (Toshiro Mifune) is an executive at a shoe company, who receives a ransom demand from…