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  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Conformist
  • The Far Country
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  • Kind Lady

    ★★★½

  • La Chinoise

    ★★★½

  • Flaming Star

    ★★★½

  • The Grand Duel

    ★★★

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    Maybe it’s not Citizen Kane, but if my math is right Chantal Akerman wrote and directed the 3 hour and 22 minute long Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles when she was 24 years old.

  • Two Half-Times in Hell

    Two Half-Times in Hell

    ★★★★

    Even though it was pure puff, at the height of the music video era I was sucker for the video of the title track to Paul McCartney’s Pipes of Peace (a UK #1). For some strange reason in North America Pipes of Piece was the B-Side to the even puffier and more forgettable “So Bad” (with a title like that the reviews write themselves - fans of Yacht Rock might get seasick from boredom), but because of the video Pipes

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  • Aaron Loves Angela

    Aaron Loves Angela

    ★★½

    There is a rose in Spanish Harlem,
    A red rose up in Spanish Harlem

    ….and her name is Irene Cara. R.I.P.

    (Baby, remember (her) name)

  • Armageddon Time

    Armageddon Time

    ★★★½

    Interrogates privilege through the less than rose coloured glasses of a coming of age memoir of sorts, and so earnest you’ll have a winning cliches bingo card by the midway point - but it’s all welcomely measured and feels heartfelt and true.

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  • Corvette Summer

    Corvette Summer

    How big a Star Wars fan was I at ten years old? Let’s just say I bought the novelization of Corvette Summer.

  • The Incident

    The Incident

    ★★★½

    This post Kitty Genovese murder (1964) and pre-Bernie Goetz vigilantism (1984) take on NYC urban dread and bystander indifference is a rather stark and mean affair. The black and white, low-budget, gritty location shot elements of it all is suggestive of NY set 60s films like Blast of Silence, Something Wild, The Young Savages (all 1961), The Pawnbroker (1964), or even the British made subway car set Dutchman from the same year. One on-line commentator suggested the film is strange…