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  • Strangers in the Night

    Strangers in the Night

    ★★★½

    An American G.I. is pen pals with a woman he's never seen or met. He goes to her hometown and meets her mother but something is off. This is yet another discovery I made on YouTube. It's an Anthony Mann film so I know it's gonna at least be decent...but it's actually more than decent, it's pretty darn good! It kind of reminds of Rebecca. Though it's nowhere near as great, it's still a solid take on the style. It…

  • Lucia

    Lucia

    ★★★★★

    This film hailing from Cuba is actually triptych of films chronicling the lives of three women, all named Lucia, in different times of Cuban history. The first during the 1895 Cuban War for Independence, the second during the 1930's under the Machado regime and the third during 1960's, i.e. present day at the time. I have also never heard of this film until recently when Criterion is releasing the Martin Scorsese Film Foundation restored copy. I will say it here:…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…