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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Boogie Nights
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Children of Paradise

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  • The Mating Season

    ★★★★

  • Causeway

    ★★★

  • La Vérité

    ★★★½

  • Coldblooded

    ★★★★

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  • The Mating Season

    The Mating Season

    ★★★★

    December 2022: Actress of the Month - Thelma Ritter

    For December, my Actress of the Month is Thelma Ritter who graced many Hollywood films from 1947 through 1968 with her comedic talents, usually playing working-class women with a strong New York accent. Her first film role in Miracle on 34th Street was at age 45. She holds the record for most Oscar nominations for a supporting actress without winning

    This is a delightful comedy about class differences and mothers-in-law. Directed…

  • Causeway

    Causeway

    ★★★

    A tale of two traumatized people becoming friends and helping each other heal, I found myself disappointed. When it came time to review, I kept wavering between a 3 and 3 1/2 star rating. On the one hand, it's a small quiet film that's about loss and recovery, and displays a tenderness towards the two protagonists. But it just needed something more. The best I can put my finger on is that lacked a certain build-up and development. It nonetheless…

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★½

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

    I know I'm going to be an outlier here. In many ways I was awed by Jane Campion's masterful unpacking of masculinity, gender, homosexuality, repressed desire and psychosexual conflicts - both within and between her characters - in 1920s Montana that still evokes the Old West. This didn't surprise me because she's such an accomplished filmmaker. The cinematography blew me away, as well as the score. But something about her portrayal of a man tortured and in many ways damaged…

  • The Hot Rock

    The Hot Rock

    ★★★

    COLLAB FILM CLUB

    A 70s crime comedy - watchable and occasionally fun but nothing special. It’s about the heist of an expensive diamond from a museum by a quirky team of low-level crooks. The inept group botches it so badly that they must undertake three other heists, each of which has its mishaps.

    Based on a novel by prolific crime writer Donald Westlake, it features a master crime planner with the improbably name of Dortmunder (here played by Robert Redford).…