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  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★★

    My, oh my, Madame Varda. Your faces and your places have been something to behold.

    Yours too, J.R., but you know as well as we do this one belongs to Agnes.

  • It Happened One Night

    It Happened One Night

    ★★★½

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

    It hits a fine effervescent streak in the last half hour.

    My favorite thing in the picture is the Andrews’ father – daughter relationship, which is pure smiles once you see where it’s going.

    Unfortunately, though, I experienced Clark Gable’s presence and character as a serious problem here :

    -For one thing, Gable registers as a dark, conflicted soul on the map of a film in which the finest moments are fluffy, frizzy, and goofy.

    -In addition, the film’s climax…

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  • Only Angels Have Wings

    Only Angels Have Wings

    ★★★★½

    A dense, panoramic film about shame, loyalty, restoration, hard work, and the impulse to fly into near-certain death.

    Hawks is starting to sell me on this crazy idea that genre films can also
    be great films.

    Note: has there ever been a film with more moments in which a cigarette acts as an active participant in key interactions between characters? If so, please share. :)

  • Adam's Apples

    Adam's Apples

    ★★★★½

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

    Ivan is one of the great holy fools of modern cinema.
    His hope seems the height of foolishness in the face of the exhausting darkness that dogs his every step. Until, at the 11th hour, Ivan's hope has overcome this darkness.