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  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    ★★★★★

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    Literally perfect documentary filmmaking. The music is gorgeous and organic. The voices of these strikers are lifted up. No talking heads. No bullshit. Just a true accounting - a reckoning w one of the great evils of America.

    I was blown away by the commitment of the strikers, but even more so by the solidarity from their wives and mothers. True fucking heroes who put their bodies on the line to secure a better future for us all.

    This…

  • Easy Rider

    Easy Rider

    ★★½

    Beautiful shots of the American countryside, good travel music, and Nicholson is a total showstopper. There's a lot to appreciate and enjoy.

    But I can't honestly rate it much higher bc 2/3 of the runtime is just miserably boring. I don't mind a character study or a mood piece. It just felt like each new person we met required 10 minutes of repetitive establishing dialogue.

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  • The Last Laugh

    The Last Laugh

    ★★★★★

    Holy Hell. That this film could weaponize irony, sweep you up in a spacey drunken dream, and ground your heart to dust without any title cards is just astonishing.

    Murneau was a master. I don't really have anything to add to the conversation about this film. I'm just thoroughly impressed.

    (Also the poster LB chose for this is wonderful!)

  • Vive L'Amour

    Vive L'Amour

    ★★★★½

    The camera starts out so disinterested. The scenes linger and have nothing to say. It's just people living sad little lives.

    Little did I know this was just Tsai placing tiny depressing stones on me. And that by the end, I'd be under a fucking mountain of these characters' private screaming loneliness.