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  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    ★★★★

    How much can a cop get away with? The unnamed inspector of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion seeks to test that. A perverse fling he's having with a woman obsessed with erotic recreations of crime scenes has led him to actual murder- we see via flashback that her endless taunting spurred him on. So convinced is he of his power that he leaves countless clues at the crime scene, it should be the easiest case these cops have ever…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★½

    WOW that was a weird one. The A24 label, scifi setting, and casting of Binoche and Patterson may lure some unsuspecting audience members. High Life is not an easy film. It's slow paced, jumps sporadically in time, and has content in some scenes that would be tough in any film. The Tarkovsky comparisons make a lot of sense (especially Solaris) but I just can't see him making something with shock value scenes like this. For some those may be a…

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  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success

    ★★★★★

    Pitch black noir at its very best. Sweet Smell of Success combines journalism and noir, one of my favorite subjects for a story and my absolute favorite genre. Between this and Wilder's Ace in the Hole "newspaper noir" has produced two masterpieces in my eyes. The film follows a desperate publicist Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis), a seedy and slippery fast talker that feels right at home in the noir trappings. He's a dutiful servant for J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster), a…

  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★★★★

    The more Mizoguchi I watch the more deserving I think he is of being ranked alongside Japanese greats like Ozu, Kobayashi, and of course Kurosawa. Ugetsu is the ghostly story of two men obsessively driven towards their goals. One, a skilled potter (Genjuro), takes advantage of war time prices and gets a taste for wealth. He lusts first for silver then for a woman, Lady Wakasa. The other, his neighbor and occasional assistant (Tobei), wants to bring glory and wealth…