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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★

    "Who needs beautiful things nowadays, Claudia? How long will they last? All of this was built to last centuries. Today, ten, twenty years at the most, and then? Well..."

    Self-sabotage in a barren and desolate world, the wealthy wrecking lives and creating chaos—a shark sighting, an affair or two or three, a disappearance, a spilled bottle of ink—to try and leave some impact on the physical world. They try to convert emotion into reality—or create emotion where there is none,…

  • The Clock

    The Clock

    ★★★★½

    91/100 (4.5)
    A marvelous combination of naturalism and Hollywood romanticism, where the smaller moments of exchanging get-to-know-yous atop some priceless bit of history in the Met, delivering milk bottles in the wee hours of the morning, and sharing a cozy breakfast after a sleepless night are just as magical and intimate as their meet-cute, walk in Central Park, or first kiss.

    Someone on here described it as a mashup of Brief Encounter and Before Sunrise which is on point, but…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★

    Leave Bazin out of this, thanks.

    I’ve only got some messy unformed thoughts on this right now, but I am undeniably disgusted with how Cuarón cannibalizes Cleo’s—and, therefore, Libo’s—
    perspective and identity. 

    The Variety article on Cuarón’s filmmaking process is very telling and discomforting, as it divulges the ways Cuarón mined his own nanny’s life (without prior consent). And then there’s this:

    “As his own social awakening began to take hold in later years, Cuarón realized the obvious: Rodríguez was…

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    ★★★★½

    93/100 (4.5+) 
    We decided to screen THE GREAT DICTATOR on Election Day for my school's Film Society...a more prescient choice than we ever could have imagined.

    I was furiously refreshing the vote trackers as I watched. As Chaplin gave his famous speech, Trump was winning in Florida, beginning to win the race...I was holding back tears.

    " I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one…