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  • Something Wild
  • Rear Window
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  • Chess of the Wind

    ★★★★

  • Lifeboat

    ★★★½

  • Six by Sondheim

    ★★★

  • Titus

    ★★★½

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  • Lifeboat

    Lifeboat

    ★★★½

    MINOR SPOILERS

    For the first hour or so — up through the storm — I was wondering why this was considered minor Hitchcock.

    And it doesn't get terrible after that, but the best parts all come as Willi gradually works himself into a position of power on the boat. His rise feels virtuosic, his reign and fall just feel conventional.

    I don't think I'd ever seen Tallulah Bankhead in anything before — I was mostly familiar with her "pure as the driven slush" quote,…

  • Six by Sondheim

    Six by Sondheim

    ★★★

    Loved it as a source of information but the structure doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Scattered thoughts:

    Among so many other riches, this features my favorite Scarlett Johansson performance since GHOST WORLD. In that one she was perfectly affectless; in this one she's almost all affect.

    This is an intimate portrayal of a momentous event: What happens when we create artificial intelligence?

    This would make a fantastic double feature with A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. "Artificial" love as hardware vs. as software.

    Contrast: artificial life forms in a futuristic Los Angeles here vs. in BLADE RUNNER. (I…

  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    After 25+ years of cinephilia, I'm ready to call it: I don't really get Brian De Palma. He's clearly talented — an incredible crafter of moments, if nothing else — but he reminds me of talented people who never really put forth their full effort so they can always excuse flawed work. De Palma could direct a masterpiece if he really wanted to.

    Sisters is a case in point but also makes clear why people have recognized De Palma's potential for decades.…