Monthly Archives: June 2016

The 39 Steps(Alfred Hitchcock) 1935 **** 6/24/2016

One of Hitchcock’s British pictures that’s leavened with an appreciable amount of humour, and a risque panache that whips along with its spy-thriller lark of a plot. Lark as it is, there’s sufficient peril, though in a fun sort of … Continue reading

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A Report on the Party and Guests(Jan Němec) 1966 **** 6/22/2016

When a group of couples are walking through the forest back from a lazy picnic, they’re accosted by a group of genial men. The leader, Rudolph, who is childish and playful like a broken-toothed Jerry Lewis directs them to stand … Continue reading

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Daisies(Věra Chytilová) 1966 ** 6/20/2016

There are two girls, and there’s fluttering underneath the whole picture a real sexual tension. They both have terribly annoying haircuts, and their childlike shtick wears thin real quick. The movie is most interesting in its shifts between color and … Continue reading

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Last Tango in Paris(Bernardo Bertolucci) 1972 **** 6/19/2016

The sex in the picture is as incidental as the great jazz score.  It seems to penetrate the screen lazily, but it’s deliberate and well-arranged.  A well dressed Marlon Brando and a well dressed young girl(Maria Schneider) begin an erotic … Continue reading

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Ex Machina(Alex Garland) 2015 *** 6/1/2016

A straight-ahead movie about AI that thinks it’s throwing curveballs.  Domnhall Gleeson plays Caleb, a weedy computer programmer plucked for special assignment to an isolated compound deep in nature’s wilds, flown in by helicopter.  He was plucked by the boss … Continue reading

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