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The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)

“For the members of the New Hollywood, it was a briefly opened window on revitalized filmmaking and venturesome storytelling.” Read my review of Peter Bogdanovich’s classic, playing at the Film Forum in NYC in a new 35mm print, at Slant … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 21 – 23

The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström, 1920) – 3.5/5 Sjöström’s silent morality play proves a classic example of style over substance (and not in the pejorative sense). Based on a popular novel written as a hygienic diatribe against “consumption” (TB, not … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 17 – 20

Spies (Fritz Lang, 1928) – 4/5 In effect remaking his own Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), Lang interlards rip-roaring action pieces—the most impressive among them, a third-act train wreck—with a pretty conventional “romance between opposing sides” subplot, which never takes … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 3 – 6

Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm, Michael Reeves, 1968) – 4/5 As the titular unscrupulous witch hunter, Vincent Price gives one of his most malevolent and restrained performances. Writer/director Reeves, who died from an overdose less than a year later … Continue reading

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