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  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • The Apartment
  • Ikiru
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  • The Man Who Would Be King

    ★★★

  • Inland Empire

    ★★★★

  • Faces

  • Persona

    ★★★★

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  • The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    ★★★

    Caine and Connery have the banter and the chemistry. Much of the humour is charming and surprising (some is dated and offensive). Connery has the hubris and he plays it well. Huston films on an epic scale, from India to a mythical land somewhere past Afghanistan. It looks and sounds gorgeous. And i enjoy the critique of the British empire and its hunger and pomp.

    But....the indictment of colonialism is undermined by the film's limited view of the indigenous people.…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    I don't know what the F I just watched.

    It is the definitive Lynch but even for him it's light on conventional story or technique or explanation. I felt the essence of Mullholland Drive and later Twin Peaks return, only what it's about is even more opaque. It's about the experience.

    Dreamlike even for lynch. Stories within stories within stories. Or parallel dimensions? Or all interconnected? I have no idea. Distortion of perspectives, confrontational sounds.

    Dern is a powerhouse. Eating up multiple roles within this.

    With this sort of film - nay, experience - you are in or you're out. And thankfully I was *mostly* in.

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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★

    Everything I love and hate about a Bergman in one film. But more of the love here.

    The movie is intensely intimate while being at times cold, distant. That is a a strength. Drawing me in while keeping me at arms length added mystery.

    I find some of the imagery and cuts pretentious and distracting - the opening shots like a film student who is showing off arty images of what they can do or trying to recreate Un Chen…

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    ★★★★½

    A claustrophobic exploration of madness jealousy betrayal and good old fashioned sibling rivalry.

    Bette Davis gets to go big, but Crawford is also strong as Blanche, even if she has slightly less to do being bound to a bed or wheelchair for most of the film.

    Fascinating real life meta elements between the actresses according to Roger Eberts 4 star review, with the actresses having a long standing rivalry and hatred. That is channeled here into a bitter and complex…