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reviewed Hollywood Hotel. August 05, 2010
Hollywood Hotel
What's the film about?      Typical featherweight 30s comedy story with sax player Dick Powell told to date the hottest star on the lot of All-Star Pictures for publicity …
reviewed The Taste of Others (Le Gout des Autres). June 14, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
I really like contemporary French comedies.  They have developed a genre that works over and  over and provides insight into the human condition as well as laughs.  In the genre, …
reviewed A Very British Gangster. June 03, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
A Very British Gangster
 Amazing documentary follows the life of a top mobster in contemporary Manchester (England) and his posse of 'young guns'. It's amazing because of how willing the heavies are to have their lives …
reviewed Rocco And His Brothers. June 01, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
Rocco And His Brothers
 It's hard not to love this movie - so powerful, so operatic. But I'm trying. My problem isn't that it's uncinematic, it's that the character's motivations are insane. They're like characters in …
reviewed My Life as a Dog. May 31, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
My Life as a Dog
This dripping in nostalgia piece about an unhappy kid spending a summer in the country in 1950s Sweden, surrounded by quaint and quirky people doing quaint and quirky things - just didn't work for me. …
reviewed Caterina in the Big City. May 31, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
Caterina in the Big City
Classic country mouse story about an innocent young girl who comes to the big city (Rome), gets mixed up with the dissolute but glamorous children of the rich and powerful, and learns her lesson just …
reviewed La Dolce Vita (movie). May 12, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
La Dolce Vita
Watching this film again after many years, I was struck by just how physically beautiful it is.  Otello Martelli's black and white cinematography is delicious.  His framing is delicious too. …
reviewed Veronika Voss. May 01, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
Veronika Voss
Fassbinder took the German nightmare and made art from it.  This one is set in 1955, when amnesia about the Nazi past has set in. People are trying to forget they even have a Nazi past. In the melodrama, …
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