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  • Two Little Rangers

    Two Little Rangers

    ★★½

    It disappoints me that so many of Alice Guy's joints during this Solax period of hers did action-adventure genre work, doesn't seem like the fittingest use of her talents. Her wild west sure is a matriarchy, though -- that little settlement this movie plays out in is a place where domestic violence gets as much attention from the characters as any ol' stagecoach robbery... and when the coach *does* get robbed, it's women... and in particular two tween girls... who do most of the acts of heroism that the story's hinged on.

  • The New York Hat

    The New York Hat

    ★★★

    I'm gobsmacked to think that Griffy could have crafted a script designed to show that the people of small towns were petty, nasty, suspicious Pecksniffs and creeps; aren't those the very people he loves and identifies with the most?

    Makes me think he had something up his sleeve, and I know what I think it is. What the movie's really focused on is the mother's sagacity in setting up her little legacy the way she did. A Griffith mother is…

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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Glib and carelessly-imagined ode to privilege. I tried to ignore my distaste for the superficial artsiness of the characters, but after the scene where the blonde girl decided it would be kicks to go to a slummy-looking neighborhood and photograph sex-workers I just couldn't. Esp. when the SW were all "Hello, American Lady Woman! We love you! Come taste the wines and cheeses of my village!"

    Art is one thing, lifestyle-pimping is another.

  • Out 1

    Out 1

    ★★★★

    It's got a gun and it's got a girl, so it's cinema. I think the only thing I can do right now is transcribe the notes I made to myself while I was watching it. Sustained thought? It's usually beyond me... and I want to read up on secondary materials before I commit to anything.

    Episode 1:

    It's absolutely a sequel to L'Amour Fou -- in that one, the characters were struggling against the collapse of meaning, and in this…