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  • The Professionals

    ★★★★

  • The Fiancés

    ★★★★½

  • Jolly Roger

    ★★★½

  • Window Painting

    ★★★

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  • The Professionals

    The Professionals

    ★★★★

    Double Bill Saturday: "Wild Wild West(ern)":

    The Professionals (1966)

    Brooks' version of 'The Magnificent Seven' with four powerhouse actors in Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode. Tagging along are villain Jack Palance, the beautiful and abducted Claudia Cardinale and Ralph Bellamy as unfortunate husband and you've got yourself an adventure. Shot terrifically in California and Nevada by Conrad L. Hall, 'The Professionals' has some great outlaw moments, but Cardinale's acting, the rushed, all too explanatory ending and definitely the musical score (which pops up sometimes out of nowhere) feel a tiny bit out of place. Nonetheless Technicolor entertainment.

  • The Fiancés

    The Fiancés

    ★★★★½

    Two years after he made waves with 'Il Posto', Ermanno Olmi came up with a film focusing on again on corporate life and climbing the social ladder. Shot in short sequences like documentarian Chris Marker might do, 'I fidanzati' has Anna Canzi looking sombre as her hubby Giovanni decides to move down South to earn the big bucks. What follows is Antonionian isolation and a yearning for the past, while getting acquainted to new surroundings. Sicily looks like a party, but Giovanni's clearly displayed discomfort (embodied well by Carlo Cabrini) and awkward telephone calls reminds you life is not all that sweet.

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  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★★

    Damn, what a film. David Lynch is a fascinating filmmaker. 'Blue Velvet' peaked my interest, 'The Elephant Man' moved me, 'Mulholland Drive' underwhelmed me (I have to give this another shot), 'Twin Peaks' made me understand the style of the surrealist director more, but 'Eraserhead' absolutely floored me. The grim images, the story, the lighting, the music. It feels prime Lynch to me, despite it being his feature film-debut. 'Rosemary's Baby' and this definitely put you off on bringing a child into the world.

  • The Player

    The Player

    ★★★★½

    From that 7 minute long take opening to the wickedness of having multiple Hollywood actors make a cameo in a Hollywood satire. More so, it feels like a business satire. You can't always get what you want, but by scheming and bluff poker you can go a long way. Altman creates his own world in 'The Player' and relies on his past and unpleasant experiences with the studio life. He also holds a mirror in front of the insiders and shows the maniacal attitude people can have in business and personal matters.