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21st Century Movies: The NYT v. Us

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, the two main film critics at The New York Times, have released their list of the best movies of the 21st century so far: 1. There Will Be Blood 2. Spirited Away 3. … Continue reading

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The Art of the Opening Title: The Americans, Season 4

Blowhard, Esq. writes: An interview with an animator who created it. He also worked on the opening titles for TRUE DETECTIVE.

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Juxtaposin’: Italian Midlife Crisis Death

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The ending of David Chase’s THE SOPRANOS seems too similar to the ending of Elio Petri’s I GIORNI CONTATI to be a coincidence. Petri’s film was never released in the United States, but given that it’s an Italian film … Continue reading

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Movie Du Jour: “Cluny Brown” (1946)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lubitsch’s last completed movie which, for some reason, isn’t discussed or cited as frequently as his other classics. Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones are excellent. Pauline Kael wrote: A girl with a passion for plumbing is terribly repugnant … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Wisdom Literature

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In the New Yorker, Richard Brody writes: Of course, “Wonder Woman” is a superhero movie, and it fulfills the heroic and mythic demands of that genre, but it’s also an entry in the genre of wisdom literature that shares … Continue reading

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Couldn’t Do It Today: “Sweet Deceptions” (1960)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Wikipedia: The film tells one day in the life of a young adolescent girl who is discovering her sexuality. Francesca (Catherine Spaak), a 17-year-old girl, who has a vivid dream of making love to Enrico (Christian Marquand), a … Continue reading

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“The Mountain Cat”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Released in 1921, Ernst Lubitsch’s “The Mountain Cat” (sometimes called “The Wildcat”) has little of the urbaneness of the director’s later work. It’s one of his Bavarian films, made (at least in part) on sojourns from … Continue reading

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