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  • Bugsy Malone

    Bugsy Malone

    ★★★★

    What a treat. I appreciated that this didn't lean into camp and felt completely earnest. The kids play it straight and the outcome is a surreal, sweet ride. Will anyone ever attempt something like this again?

  • At Close Range

    At Close Range

    ★★★★★

    This is a stone cold masterpiece. There were hints of brilliance in Foley's RECKLESS but this is a whole different animal. The folksy variation on Madonna's Live To Tell (my favorite Madonna song) pumping over a crane shot of Mary Stuart Masterson running into a dusty cornfield is the epitome of cinema. This one will live in my heart forever.

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  • Metropolitan

    Metropolitan

    ★★★★

    Maybe my favorite non-Christmas Christmas movie?

    Metropolitan is a cozy blanket of a film, reflecting a very specific time and place in such a wonderful way.

    Whit Stillman post film q&a at the Olympia Film Festival -- the moderator wore a tux and poured Whit's water into a martini glass. I died a little.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★

    Late to the party but I'll add my two cents.

    The mood and longing that hangs around like a fog was enough for me, regardless of how slight in story.