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  • City Lights

    City Lights

    Chaplin the master of physical comedy and comedic irony shows off his capacity for pathos. The ending gave me goosebumps.

  • To Be or Not to Be

    To Be or Not to Be

    Hilarious anti-fascist farce about Nazis and actors. Jack Benny’s timing is superb. Never thought the words “Concentration Camp Ehrhart” would be so funny to me.

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  • A Separation

    A Separation

    A complex and well-crafted domestic drama. Beautifully acted and meticulously plotted, with a real respect for the audience. The shaky-cam, shallow depth of field, and use of obstructions and windows also adds a lot to the confrontational tone.

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    Decided to finally watch after Ari Aster cited as an influence on Midsommar, which I’m watching tomorrow.
    Powell & Pressburger are masters when it comes to color & framing, this movie is a visual feast. Black Narcissus follows a group of British nuns who set up a convent in the palace a Himalayan general built for his mistresses. A dramatic and lavish juxtaposition of the sacred & the profane, and how they both play into the orientalist fetishes of a crumbling empire. A suspenseful, well-acted, gorgeous masterpiece (with unfortunately quite a bit of brownface, it was the 40’s after all.)