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  • Caliber 9

    Caliber 9

    ★★★★★

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    The Years of Lead

    A balding man with a silver tie packs a newspaper full of money. He leaves the package out in public in a pigeon-infested churchyard, where a blonde woman collects it and gets on the busy subway. A man with greased-back hair and a raincoat in spite of the clear weather makes a phone call. "The delivery has been made." The man on the other end of the line calls a third man (or a fourth, if…

  • Keoma

    Keoma

    ★★★★★

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    "...yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of promise, gone and unrecoverable, of the land almost allowed to claim its better destiny, only to have the claim jumped by evildoers known all too well, and taken instead and held hostage to the future we must live in now forever. May we trust that this blessed ship is bound for some better shore, some undrowned Lemuria, risen and redeemed, where…

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  • One Way or Another

    One Way or Another

    ★★★★★

    The Years of Lead

    "The spiritual exercises are a religious practice conceived by Saint Ignazio of Loyola in the early decades of the 1500's. Officially sanctioned by the Church in 1548 for their great spiritual efficacy, the exercises were soon adopted for the moral development of men wielding economic and political power."

    Zafer is a kind of religious oasis, an underground bunker where you can go and listen to sermons and meditate on the nature of sin and all that…

  • The Card Player

    The Card Player

    ★★

    The Card Player is probably a case of "for Argento completionists only" — it's routine and formulaic to the point of feeling more like an episode of a procedural cop show than a modern giallo, and even by those standards I imagine you wouldn't struggle to find a more compelling episode of SVU — but I found something about its dated aesthetic to be quaint and charming. There's only so much hatred I can muster for a movie with dramatically…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★

    In a selfish attempt to cope with his separation anxiety, a sociopathic student abuses his relationship with his mentally unstable best friend in order to throw his future away on a single day of raucous debauchery.