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Brilliant, thought provoking, easily digestible.  
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on January 5, 2006 - 11:22 AM PST
  of The First Amendment Project (2004)
 


This is a great set of documentaries. The Al Franken piece is worth the rental alone. You'll laugh, you'll think, you probably won't cry, but you might get inspired. But hey, laughing and thinking are good.

The three pieces are quite interesting in combination, and are strong enough to stand on their own.

Rent it with a liberal you love (or love to hate). It'll at least start some good conversations.
Poetic graceful emotional freefall  
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on December 27, 2005 - 4:03 PM PST
  of In the Mood for Love (Criterion Collection) (2000)
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
 


After seeing Chungking Express, I didn't want to rush this one...I waited for a rainy melancholy day, and it was perfect.

More gorgeous camerawork, and the actors are luminous, elegant and brilliant. They convey the quiet, simmering pain and love throughout the film--not a gesture or glance is wasted. Every element builds the film--the gauzy curtains, the oddly institutional and garish hotel, the heavy rain, the old faded posters along a narrow alleyway.

It will break your heart, but quietly and softly. Let it in, and take a moment of silence to soak it up.
slow, sluggish, and maudlin  
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on September 12, 2005 - 3:57 PM PDT
  of Christmas in August (1998)
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
 


Sigh...although I so wanted to like this film, and was primed for a slow romance to unfold, what I found instead was a sluggish pace and stiff actors.

Overall, there were moments of beauty and interesting interactions between some of the characters. But the movie was never engrossing enough to suspend my grip on reality. The main character's illness was understated, yet the not-so-subtle references to his illness made the movie predictable and maudlin.

Not a bad rental, but save it for when you've got laundry to fold, and other things to occupy half your attention...
gorgeous lush cinematic masterpiece  
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on September 7, 2005 - 5:22 PM PDT
  of Chungking Express (Criterion) (1994)
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
 


Quite possibly, I was just in the right mood for a lovely unfolding tale with obsessive, quirky, endearing main characters. Even so, I'll go out on a limb and say that this is one of the best films i've seen in a long time.

The camera work is interesting and downright photographic. Beautiful, without being overdone. Interesting, without being self-conscious. The characters are oddly intriguing, but understated. The plot unravels gently, revealing enough to leave me intrigued but content.

Forget the linear narrative. Just let this movie wash over you sometime. Yes, it's lovely to watch with someone lovely. But mainly, skip the coffee and just relax. Enjoy the little details, the obsessions, the moments in between the action. That's where this film excels.
lili taylor lili taylor lili taylor  
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on August 31, 2005 - 1:37 PM PDT
  of I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
 


An admirable movie worth seeing. The pacing and timing varies throughout the movie echoing the main character's mental state -- sometimes jarring and sometimes languid.

Lili Taylor does her usual amazing work, and portrays Valerie Solanas with depth and feeling. Overall, the rest of the movie is ok, but only ok. Other than Stephen Dorff, the other actors set a backdrop for Lili Taylor, but don't add overmuch to the movie. The story itself is interesting, but not terribly gripping.

Watch this movie to see Lili Taylor. Worth the rental.

-ewee

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