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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

“Within a budding grove, the girls think but of love. Hear the radio, drinking tea and to hell with being free. They’ve no idea the bourgeoisie has never hesitated to kill its children.” I thought it would be a while … Continue reading

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Ghostbusters (1984)

“Ah, if there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.” I was looking forward to relaxing with Ghostbusters one evening over a month ago, but since then I’ve found that I don’t have much to say about it. It’s … Continue reading

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Safe (1995)

“We are one with the power that created us. We’re safe and all is well in our world.” Safe is a movie about a lot of things. It’s about class. It’s about gender. It’s about health hysteria in modern America. I … Continue reading

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Silver Lode (1954)

“We’re not going anywhere.” “If you don’t, you’re gonna be a real dead cowboy.” I’ve got four movies on the backlog, and Silver Lode seems to jump out the most now that I sit down to do some writing. It was a … Continue reading

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Tongues Untied (1989)

“In this great, gay Mecca, I was an invisible man. I had no shadow, no substance, no place, no history, no reflection. I was an alien unseen and seen unwanted.” There’s a power surging through Tongues Untied. It demands the attention of … Continue reading

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

“Life isn’t like in the movies. Life is much harder.” The last few months have been strong, with another magnificent film. Cinema Paradiso feels like the heartwarming classic they’d show on movie day in a middle school classroom. It’s very conventional; how … Continue reading

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The Conversation (1974)

“I’m not afraid of death, but I am afraid of murder.” Thrillers today are too focused on story, I think as I watch The Conversation, Coppola’s entrancing mystery-thriller about a paranoid man who listens to other people’s conversations for a living. There’s … Continue reading

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