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  • The Razor's Edge

    The Razor's Edge

    ★★

    I get that making a movie in Lebanon in 1985 comes with its very peculiar production challenges, but still, casting a French actor in the role of the recluse Lebanese artist was a really bad call. The guy clearly cannot speak Arabic, which is very problematic when you play a character who refuses to leave his precarious situation because "these are my streets, this is my home etc". This is not really a problem for viewers who do not speak…

  • Once Upon a Time in Beirut

    Once Upon a Time in Beirut

    ★★½

    The movie is mostly a collection of clips from other movies set in Beirut: Glitzy Egyptian sex comedies, outrageously orientalist French espionage flicks, an early silent movie set in the Ottoman era... There's even a scene where Diane Keaton is training with the PLO (apparently it's from The Little Drummer Girl - 1984). The clips are intrinsically entertaining, but the movie (through its two female protagonists) keeps promising to break through the myths to reveal the supposed essence of this…

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  • Cars 3

    Cars 3

    I'm going to commemorate this movie with a short review, because this was the first time I take my son to the movies. We actually almost never made it past the arcade and crane claw machines at the entrance, but we eventually moved on. As the interminable stream of trailers, ads and 'featurettes' rolled on, he got frustrated and asked for the remote control, so he could fast forward through this nonsense, as he does at home. I explained there…

  • The Wind Will Carry Us

    The Wind Will Carry Us

    ★★★★★

    City prick goes to a remote village to shoot a funeral, flirts with a peasant, rides a motorcycle in a field of wheat. The bottomless beauty of the cosmos.