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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Blow Up My Town
  • Now, Voyager
  • The 400 Blows

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  • A Kiss Before Dying

  • Cool Hand Luke

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

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  • A Kiss Before Dying

    A Kiss Before Dying

    The Criterion "Noir in Color" series has been *so consistently good*, however my heart aches for Joanne Woodward having to have that perm!!!

  • The Big Knife

    The Big Knife

    A completely insane movie, set at a continuous fever pitch that somehow keeps escalating; in the middle of it all, Shelley Winters steals the whole thing in a single scene. That Robert Aldrich made this the same year as Kiss Me Deadly is both absurd and totally believable.

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  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    This has the distinction of being the first Great Film* I saw in a theater since the pandemic began, and having that realization as the credits started rolling made me weep, because on some level I must have feared I might never have that experience again. So, like: Hallelujah.

    This movie is alive in a way that makes so many other recent documentaries feel dead. Instead of depicting the past through the limited critical viewpoints of the present, Haynes creates…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

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

    It does not occur to you—or at least it did not occur to me—until the final sequence of this remarkable movie that Sciamma has not taken the usual pains to orient us in historical time. We get none of the usual period-pic hints meant to situate us snugly within a particular context: No obligatory references to kings or wars, no obvious recent inventions, no title card at the beginning of the film to let us know that it is 1728…