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  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Taxi Driver
  • Zabriskie Point
  • On the Tiger's Back

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  • Au Hasard Bresson

  • American Psycho

    ★★★★½

  • Crime of Passion

    ★★★½

  • Night and the City

    ★★★★

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  • On the Tiger's Back

    On the Tiger's Back

    ★★★★½

    Criminally lesser known entry to the commedia all’italiana canon of which I just recently did some light reading about. Turns out like many other genres it’s quite broad in definition and includes some peculiar films that I wouldn’t exactly consider comedies, e.g. I Knew Her Well, but Luigi Comencini’s On the Tiger’s Back is at least closer to Big Deal on Madonna Street and Ettore Scola’s work than I Knew Her Well. And it’s amazing! Sort of a prison break…

  • Zabriskie Point

    Zabriskie Point

    ★★★★½

    Zabriskie Point? More like Blow Up amirite guys?

    There is no one who picks their locations better than Antonioni. Daria and Mark remark the desert is dead but the landscape of Zabriskie Point (it’s a location in Death Valley for those unaware) is as much alive as it is dead. It comes alive as soon as human contact is made. This relates straight to Antonioni’s ability to see beauty in the hellish landscapes of Red Desert and also to an…

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  • Au Hasard Bresson

    Au Hasard Bresson

    "In cinema form must be given priority. When composing a shot the composition must express something even before characters speak. The shot itself should embody the idea."

    Bresson's meticulous, rehearsed style doesn't make for as fascinating behind the scenes footage as reading or listening material but getting to see him direct and guide the people on the set of Mouchette or talk about image and sound transforming, not only complementing, each other made this documentary a worthwhile, 30-minute investment.

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★½

    “Well, we have to end apartheid for one. And slow down the nuclear arms race, stop terrorism and world hunger. We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.”

    Well said.

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  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★½

    First Hitchcock I ever saw and actually my mom's top 5 movie, Rope is no doubt a famous film for its technique which allows the tension to prolong as Hitchcock often places the camera behind or in front of the "casket" letting its presence excite Brandon who slyly drops hints in conversations, crafting his own twisted games, and provide an agonizing reminder for Phillip who is barely able to fight off his guilt. Not only an astounding, entertaining piece of…

  • Laura

    Laura

    ★★★

    Can’t seem to muster any real thoughts about this one. I wish I had loved it but the disjointed, convoluted pieces of character information barely made for anything more than an exercise in possessiveness that just circles round and round in flashbacks and Dana Andrews’ indifference until it finally brings the main character into play. That's a great switch and the film becomes slightly more interesting by giving a well-rounded image of everyone without losing the ambiguity born from the…