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  • The Fog of War

    ★★★★½

  • Stars in My Crown

    ★★★½

  • Just a Gigolo

    ★★★

  • Bell, Book and Candle

    ★★★½

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  • The Fog of War

    The Fog of War

    ★★★★½

    One of the best films about America’s death drive.

  • Just a Gigolo

    Just a Gigolo

    ★★★

    A broken mess of a movie but also occasionally beautiful, funny, and moving.

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  • In Front of Your Face

    In Front of Your Face

    ★★★★½

    From my 2017 interview with Hong . . .

    NOTEBOOK: Did you intentionally just quote Diary of a Country Priest? “Everything is grace.”

    HONG: Oh, yeah, yeah. Maybe one of the reasons I liked that film when I saw it for the first time was because of that dialogue at the end. It touches me deeply. It’s what I keep saying to myself every day.

    NOTEBOOK: It is all grace.

    HONG: Everything. Whether we acknowledge it, it is grace.

    NOTEBOOK:…

  • Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

    Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

    ★★★★

    Fassbinder uses the same trick over and over again throughout this film. A sequence begins in closeup or in a two shot. There's a conversation. And then, gradually, the camera pulls back to reveal one or two other people who serve as an audience. It's their presence that generates the tension, the awkwardness, the anxiety. This is Fassbinder's FACES -- a story told in reaction shots.