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  • The Taking of Luke McVane

    The Taking of Luke McVane

    ★★

    William S Hart westeern. Stank copy. Lots of Meexican haberdashery in the barroom scenes. Regrettably conventionalk/retrod=grade attitude toward IIndians -- director Ince was capale of much better, 1v1n in 1912.

  • In Defense of the Nation

    In Defense of the Nation

    ★★

    Well-mounted, but I couldn't find my way into this at an moment. My watchlust was singularly unrewarding today.

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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Glib and carelessly-imagined ode to privilege. I tried to ignore my distaste for the superficial artsiness of the characters, but after the scene where the blonde girl decided it would be kicks to go to a slummy-looking neighborhood and photograph sex-workers I just couldn't. Esp. when the SW were all "Hello, American Lady Woman! We love you! Come taste the wines and cheeses of my village!"

    An art-adjacent lifestyle is one thing, an arts career is another.

  • Out 1

    Out 1

    ★★★★

    It's got a gun and it's got a girl, so it's cinema. I think the only thing I can do right now is transcribe the notes I made to myself while I was watching it. Sustained thought? It's usually beyond me... and I want to read up on secondary materials before I commit to anything.

    Episode 1:

    It's absolutely a sequel to L'Amour Fou -- in that one, the characters were struggling against the collapse of meaning, and in this…