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  • Rocco and His Brothers

    Rocco and His Brothers

    ★★★★

    Incredible film and likely deserving of the full 5 stars, but after a single viewing I just cannot process Rocco’s seemingly bottomless devotion to his good-for-nothing brother Simone, especially when that comes in direct conflict with his (apparently not that deep) love for Nadia. 

    It’s not that I don’t grasp the general thrust of what Visconti is critiquing - Simone’s toxic machismo and Rocco’s blind loyalty that makes them both victims as well as perpretrators. But past a certain point…

  • Film catastrophe

    Film catastrophe

    ★★★½

    JLG directs!

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite in the Late Malick style - out-Manns Mann, out-Korines Korine (cf. Spring Breakers). A tremendous film, and probably his best on a pure visual level, which is really saying something.

  • Two Lovers

    Two Lovers

    ★★★★½

    My first time seeing it theatrically (maybe 7th or 8th time overall) and on 35mm to boot! Merci, Grand Action.

    This time around, I noticed the dialogue is chock full of people referencing their nostalgic feelings about things: Leonard's parents' house reminds both Michelle and Sandra's father of where they grew up; Michelle's Manhattan-dwelling married boyfriend Ronald reminisces about the pizza place in Brighton Beach where Leonard still lives; Michelle asks Leonard to draw letters on her arm like her…