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THE HAND OF GOD

Sorrentino directs in the spirit of Fellini with the sleek, technical precision of Fincher. His vision is absolutely gorgeous and exacting, elevating yet another loose biopic art film into something truly gripping.

5/5
I also really enjoyed that one. I should check out more Sorrentino.



I also really enjoyed that one. I should check out more Sorrentino.
I’ve only seen The Great Beauty in addition to this but it was similarly sumptuous and gorgeous. That one leans perhaps even heavier on the Fellini influence, feeling almost like it could be called 2 Dolce 2 Vita.



I’ve only seen The Great Beauty in addition to this but it was similarly sumptuous and gorgeous. That one leans perhaps even heavier on the Fellini influence, feeling almost like it could be called 2 Dolce 2 Vita.
That one's been on my watchlist for a while. I'll have to check it out.



That one's been on my watchlist for a while. I'll have to check it out.
Hope you love that one as much as I did. It has much more Toni Servillo, which is an obvious benefit.

Speaking of, I have Il Divo and need to watch that soon.



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BlacKkKlansman - (2018)

I don't know what was happening when I first watched BlacKkKlansman but this is one of those movies where I felt I had to watch it again to have truly seen it - distracted by whatever it was the first time around. It had that familiarity you have when you've 'sort of' seen a film, but this time around I really got it all - I didn't remember that epilogue which takes us yet again through those disturbing events in Charlottesville in 2017 that leave me angry and incensed. The speech about the lynching of Jesse Washington is chilling - one of the most cruel and brutal murders I've ever heard about. I'd love to read Ron Stallworth's Black Klansman to see how closely the film hues to the real story - John David Washington and Adam Driver (a favourite of mine) really propel this tale with thoughtful and humerous charisma - reminding me of Imperium, which this is far superior to. Props to Spike Lee and everyone for really making this feel like it's taking place in the 1970s.

8/10


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How Much Do You Love Me? - (2005)

Sometimes you get a movie recommendation from your dad and you realise that you've ignored so many of his recommendations that you just have to take one for the sake of family unity. That was How Much Do You Love Me? - a romp where lottery winner François (Bernard Campan) pays prostitute Daniela (Monica Bellucci) 100,000 euros a month to come live with him as if she were his wife. Can you really buy love? François has a bad heart, so the sexy Daniela initially causes medical complications, but she stays - for a time at least. The character of Daniela in this is wildly inconsistent, and the tone of this film as a whole shifts from farce to metaphorical inquiry and back again without rhyme or reason. You might say it eventually "liberates itself from it's own story" which is another way of saying disintegrates. Gérard Depardieu comes in late and adds some interest as a gangster, but eventually even his character goes awry (despite his character and motivations he eventually just joins everyone and parties - for no reason) and we end up with a movie that just seems lost.

5/10
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Closely Watched Trains - 1966 coming-of-age story directed by Jiří Menzel and part of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Teenaged Miloš Hrma comes from a family known for their idleness. He takes a misdirected pride in it and when he's hired as a train dispatcher he looks forward to following in his father's footsteps and doing as little as possible.

This takes place in a small town in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia during the waning days of WWII. There are plenty of colorful characters populating the station with pudgy stationmaster Lanska (Vladimír Valenta) preoccupied with his flock of pigeons while Miloš' supervising trainer Hubička (Josef Somr) is a casual and opportunistic womanizer. But it seems like everyone of the players in this comedic drama are obsessed with sex.

That's apparently the central theme here with Miloš ongoing attempts to lose his virginity with his prospective girlfriend Máša (Jitka Bendová) taking a major part in the story. There are other small touches and peripheral characters such as officious councilor and Nazi collaborator Zedníček (Vlastimil Brodský) who drops by the station to exhort the clearly apathetic crew. The actor playing him could be Fred Armisen's doppelganger.

This is the third Czech film I've seen along with The Shop on Main Street and The Firemen's Ball and I've liked them all. I liked the fatalistic, shaggy-dog-story aspects of them. Sh*t happens and will continue to happen. This one is along the same lines.

85/100



Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.

Deep Water (Adrian Lyne, 2022)
+ 5/10
The Notorious Landlady (Richard Quine, 1962)
6/10
Love After Love (Ann Hui, 2020)
5/10
Camelot (Joshua Logan, 1967)
7/10

King Arthur (Richard Harris) has a dream to unite England through his round table, but he hasn't counted on what happens when Queen Guenevere (Vanessa Redgrave) and Sir Lancelot (Franco Nero) meet.
Master (Mariama Diallo, 2022)
5/10
Watch on the Rhine (Herman Shumlin, 1943)
6.5/10
Jinn (Nijla Mumin, 2019)
+ 5/10
Hero (Hero, 1992)
6.5/10

Both heroes, fakes and criminals, John Bubber (Andy Garcia) & Bernie LaPlante (Dustin Hoffman) meet outside on the edge of a NYC highrise to discuss how they're getting out of their situation with all the lies and TV reporter Geena Davis.
A New Kind of Love (Melville Shavelson, 1963)
5/10
Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
7+/10
The Glass Tomb (Montgomery Tully, 1953)
5/10
A Thursday (Behzad Khambata, 2022)
7/10

In Mumbai, playschool teacher Yami Gautam kidnaps a class of children and requests meeting with Indian Prime Minister Maya Rajguru (Dimple Kapadia), all broadcast live to the Indian people while commandos are closing in.
Panama (Mark Neveldine, 2022)
5/10
Black Crab (Adam Berg, 2022)
- 6.5/10
Cheaper by the Dozen (Gail Lerner, 2022)
6/10
New York, New York (Martin Scorsese, 1977)
6.5/10

Lounge singer Liza Minnelli and self-centered saxophonist Robert De Niro met on V-J Day and entered into a tumultuous relationship which brings much success and heartbreak.
Studio 666 (BJ McDonnell, 2022)
6/10
Shapeless (Samantha Aldana, 2021)
- 5/10
Captains of Za'atari (Ali El Arabi, 2021)
6/10
The Sterile Cuckoo (Alan J. Pakula, 1969)
7/10

College student Pookie (Liza Minnelli) who's obsessed with death because she lost her mother at birth and shy, retiring student Wendell Burton eventually have sex (mostly at her insistence). They fall in love but the relationship seems hopeless.
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A little too silly for my taste, but a worthy entry in the Pixarverse.
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Even speaking as someone who thought it was pretty good, that's still...


I just liked how unsettling and wierd it was, even though it didn't have much in the way of depth or originality. It does portray how it feels to have a mental illness pretty accurately though...jouquin's awkwardness and confusion deserved an Oscar by itself...



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A little too silly for my taste, but a worthy entry in the Pixarverse.
the movie is so cute i loved it lol
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Camelot (Joshua Logan, 1967)
7/10

King Arthur (Richard Harris) has a dream to unite England through his round table, but he hasn't counted on what happens when Queen Guenevere (Vanessa Redgrave) and Sir Lancelot (Franco Nero) meet.

Love me some Camelot.



I like, but don't love Joker. I'd give it
. It is scary, thrilling and has value as a cautionary tale about the consequences of not taking mental health seriously, but I don't love the way it's directed and edited. It comes across like a feature length trailer, or better yet, a feature length clip that they play for the nominees during the Best Actor Oscar presentation.



Love me some Camelot.
My idea of hell would be to watch Camelot.
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2nd Re-watch...this semi-classic comedy from 1978 still holds up admirably, thanks to a beautifully constructed homage to Alfred Hitchcock as its story, the more than viable chemistry between Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, and an impressive supporting cast, with a still roll-on the-floor-funny cameo from Dudley Moore.