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A Most Violent Year (2014)

Plenty of today's filmmakers are in awe of the American movie renaissance of the 1970s, a period that began roughly at the end of the 1960s, with Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider, and ended at the end of the 1970s, with Star Wars and Raging Bull. It was a time that older studio executives conceded that they didn't know what they were doing, realized that the youth market was the way to go, and hired fresh, young directors (Scorsese, Schrader, Coppola, De Palma, Bogdanovich, Spielberg, Lucas, Friedkin, Malick, Altman, etc.) to do their thing. These directors had plenty of control and could take plenty of risks. Movies tended to be gritty and character-driven, and even allowed for certain experimentation. read more...
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A Most Violent Year (2014)

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  • With: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Albert Brooks, Catalina Sandino Moreno, PeterGerety, Christopher Abbott, Glenn Fleshler, David Margulies, Jerry Adler, Ben Rosenfeld, John Procaccino, Ashley Williams, Pico Alexander, Matthew Maher, Elizabeth Marvel, Jason Ralph, Daisy Tahan, Giselle Eisenberg, Taylor Richardson
  • Written by: J.C. Chandor
  • Directed by: J.C. Chandor
  • MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence
  • Running Time: 124 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/30/2014
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The Two Jakes (1990)

It didn't take long for Chinatown (1974) to be considered an all-time classic, and its reputation only becomes more solidified with each passing year. By 1990, it was already an outrage, sacrilegious, to consider making a sequel. Actually, private detective J.J. Gittes was always supposed to have his own trilogy, but no matter how good Part 2 was, it would always and forever be compared unfavorably to its predecessor. And The Two Jakes is really good. read more...
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    The Two Jakes (1990)

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    • With: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe, Eli Wallach, RubĂ©n Blades, Frederic Forrest, David Keith, Richard Farnsworth, Tracey Walter, Joe Mantell, James Hong, Perry Lopez, Tom Waits
    • Written by: Robert Towne
    • Directed by: Jack Nicholson
    • MPAA Rating: R
    • Running Time: 137 minutes
    • Release Date: 08/09/1990
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    Topaz (1969)

    A lengthy espionage thriller with no American stars, Topaz nevertheless shows Hitchcock in peak form. A French intelligence agent works with an American one to figure out what the Russians are doing in Cuba. The great French star Michel Piccoli (Contempt, Belle de Jour) appears as a bad guy. This disc contains an outstanding documentary hosted by critic Leonard Maltin in which he explains that even just a "good" Hitchcock film is better than most people's "great" films. read more...
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      Topaz (1969)

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      • With: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Claude Jade, Michel Subor, Roscoe Lee Browne, Per-Axel Arosenius, John Forsythe, Edmon Ryan, Sonja Kolthoff, Tina Hedstrom, John Van Dreelen, Donald Randolph, Roberto Contreras, Carlos Rivas, Roger Til, Lewis Charles, Sandor Szabo, Anna Navarro, Lew Brown, John Roper, George Skaff
      • Written by: Samuel A. Taylor, based on a novel by Leon Uris
      • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
      • MPAA Rating: PG
      • Running Time: 144 minutes
      • Release Date: 12/16/1969
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      The Wild Goose Lake (2020)

      It's raining, and two people stand under an underpass. Liu Aiai (Gwei Lun Mei) shyly approaches a man and asks for a light. She asks if he is Zhou Zenong (Hu Ge). He is. She's there to tell him that his wife isn't coming. That's how Diao Yinan's The Wild Goose Lake begins, but it gets much wilder from there. Zhou tells a story in flashback. He goes home to his hotel, exhausted, and enters a meeting of a band of motorcycle thieves. There's an argument, someone pulls out a gun, and shoots someone else. To make this transgression right, there's a late-night contest to see which of the two feuding groups can steal more bikes. Unfortunately, during this, someone gets decapitated (one of the most astonishing decapitations you will ever see), and in the ensuing chaos, Zhou accidentally shoots and kills a policeman. Now he has a price on his head. Liu's own flashback reveals that she works for a gangster as a "bathing beauty" (i.e. a prostitute) by the seaside. Truthfully, the movie is long and the plot is convoluted, and I lost the thread of it more than once, but director Diao has taken a cue from Wong Kar-wai to create a highly stylish neo-noir, capable of small, intimate moments like that first scene, as well as more exhilarating moments. It lacks Wong's glossy poetry, but Diao has his own touch: cool, rainy, and dotted with neon. Film Movement released it on Blu-ray, complete with a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews, and a short film, Renkai Tam's The Goddess. read more...
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        The Wild Goose Lake (2020)

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        • With: Hu Ge, Gwei Lun Mei Liao Fan, Wan Qian, Qi Dao, Huang Jue, Zeng Meihuizi, Zhang Yicong, Chen Yongzhong
        • Written by: Diao Yinan
        • Directed by: Diao Yinan
        • MPAA Rating: NR
        • Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles
        • Running Time: 111 minutes
        • Release Date: 03/20/2020
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        I Can't Sleep (1994)

        Set in and around a Paris hotel, I Can't Sleep focuses on several of the building's inhabitants as they go about their daily lives, contemplating work, relationships and new places to live. Claire Denis, the director of the masterworks Beau Travail (1999) and Friday Night (2003), is so good at quietly capturing small, slow rhythms and fuzzy, dreamy moments that I Can't Sleep already succeeds all on its own. read more...
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          I Can't Sleep (1994)

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          • With: Katerina Golubeva, Richard Courcet, Vincent Dupont, Laurent Grevill, Ira Mandella-Paul, Alex Descas, Irina Grjebina, Tolsty, Patrick Grandperret, Sophie Simon, Line Renaud, Beatrice Dalle
          • Written by: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
          • Directed by: Claire Denis
          • MPAA Rating: NR
          • Language: French with English subtitles
          • Running Time: 110 minutes
          • Release Date: 05/17/1994
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