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  • Chungking Express
  • City of God
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Life of Brian

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  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    ★★★½

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    ★★★★

  • Brute Force

    ★★★½

  • Pride & Prejudice

    ★★★★½

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  • Dogs of War!

    Dogs of War!

    ★★★

    Surprising to see a comedy about children re-enacting trench warfare — complete with homemade gas masks, metal helmets, an artillery piece, and a tank with working treads — fought with rotten vegetables and firecrackers as ammunition made just five years after the 1918 Armistice ended the First World War, but that battle only lasts through the first third of the picture. The rest involves the Our Gang kids infiltrating West Coast Studios (the actual grounds of Hal Roach Studios), wreaking…

  • A Sailor-Made Man

    A Sailor-Made Man

    ★★★

    Harold the idle rich Boy proposes marriage to The Girl on a whim, joins the Navy to prove that he can hold a job, and wins the approval of her busy industrialist father after rescuing her from the Maharajah of Khairpura-Bhandanna (an imaginary Oriental blend of Turkey and India close enough to the USA for a small private sailboat to pay a quick visit just when Harold happens to get shore leave there). The basic premise of a hapless wealthy…

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  • De Palma

    De Palma

    ★★★½

    “I love photographing women. I’m fascinated by the way they move. I love to follow them. I love to make the audience get involved in their dilemmas.”

    These dilemmas include getting stalked, knifed in the throat, strangled in a public bathroom stall, murdered in the shower, or impaled on a spinning electric drill bit long enough to emerge through the ceiling of the room below dripping with blood, to name just a few scenes from his body of work.

  • Naomi Osaka

    Naomi Osaka

    ★★

    “I think the amount of attention that I get is kind of ridiculous.”
    – Naomi Osaka