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  1. There's a long list of directors who say they're...

    There's a long list of directors who say they're going to retire and then un-retire a few years later: Miyazaki Hayao, Steven Soderbergh, Tsai Ming-liang, Yoshida Kiju, arguably Ingmar Bergman...
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    Premieres Spicy Synonymes (Nadav Lapid)...

    Premieres

    Spicy
    Synonymes (Nadav Lapid)
    (tourism studies) (Joshua Gen Solondz)
    Vitalina Varela (Pedro Costa)

    Warm
    About Endlessness (Roy Andersson)
    Balloon (Pema Tseden)
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    I'm all in for reserved seating, especially...

    I'm all in for reserved seating, especially because I try to time my entrance to avoid seeing as many of the trailers as possible without missing the start of the film.

    If I made my decisions...
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    On a weekday afternoon, Toronto's Carlton Theatre...

    On a weekday afternoon, Toronto's Carlton Theatre is basically a retirement home.
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    It should be illegal for two women to sit next to...

    It should be illegal for two women to sit next to each other in a movie theatre, especially white women over forty, because they don't know how to keep their fucking mouths shut.
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    That's not the point I was trying to make. My...

    That's not the point I was trying to make. My point was that the fact of a film being popular isn't in itself significant, contrary to Grouchy's claim that cinephiles who dismiss Joker must be...
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    Over the holidays I had kind of an epiphany about...

    Over the holidays I had kind of an epiphany about the popularity of their music. I was listening to a 70s-80s-90s radio station in the car, and "We Will Rock You" Came Up. The music and lyrics are so...
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    I've never been persuaded by the argument that,...

    I've never been persuaded by the argument that, just because a film becomes a grassroots "cultural phenomenon," said film must have something going for it aesthetically. Sometimes shitty movies are...
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    It's weird alright, but is it good? Or more...

    It's weird alright, but is it good? Or more precisely, is it good writing? Tarantino's script struck me as rather uneven, and when it's good it's hard to know who to give credit to: I thought Bruce...
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    Regardless of whether it has a chance of winning,...

    Regardless of whether it has a chance of winning, does anybody else find the idea of giving an award to Once Upon a Time... for screenwriting utterly baffling? I can almost understand the mentality...
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    I have seen Once Upon a Time... in America (it...

    I have seen Once Upon a Time... in America (it was alright). I want to see Pain and Glory and Parasite before they leave theatres (I'm planning to see the former tomorrow), although I'm not the...
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    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/0...

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NINTCHDBPICT000553651319-e1578858283361.jpg

    Roger Scruton, 75.
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    https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/styl...

    https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/styles/full/public/image/wollen-peter-002-seated-against-plants-in-sunglasses.jpg?itok=5fMnHk0W

    Peter Wollen, 81.
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    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMmI0NWRhNm...

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMmI0NWRhNmUtY2NjMy00ODQ0LWFiYjQtOTI1ODg0ZjZhZmZjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDkzNTM2ODg@._V1_.jpg

    Ivan Passer, 86.
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    http://nightflight.com/wp-content/uploads/HOW-TO-S...

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    Buck Henry, 89.

    Taking Off is easily Miloš Forman's best English-language film.
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    Considering how many films never get a commercial...

    Considering how many films never get a commercial release in the US ever, it seems unnecessarily limiting to only consider films that open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles. It's a bit like...
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    The Assassin, Cemetery of Splendour, The Club,...

    The Assassin, Cemetery of Splendour, The Club, Evolution, The Exquisite Corpus, The Forbidden Room, Frenzy, I, Dalio (or The Rules of the Game), The Lobster, Mistress America, Mountains May Depart,...
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    Finally some good news for Boeing.

    Finally some good news for Boeing.
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    Top fives, by year: 2019 1. Synonymes (Nadav...

    Top fives, by year:

    2019
    1. Synonymes (Nadav Lapid)
    2. (tourism studies) (Joshua Gen Solondz)
    3. Vitalina Varela (Pedro Costa)
    4. My Skin, Luminous (Nicolás Pereda/Gabino Rodríguez)
    5. Krabi...
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    Don't underestimate the Academy's love of...

    Don't underestimate the Academy's love of tracking shots stitched together in post to look like very long takes (see Gravity and Birdman). The only thing going against Mendes' favour is that he's not...
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    Poll: I just didn't believe in the characters. In the...

    I just didn't believe in the characters. In the scene where Pattison complains about the cooking, since the film has not up till this point established either that Pattison was dissatisfied with the...
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    Before y'all get too excited, just remember: Even...

    Before y'all get too excited, just remember: Even if Tarantino's film wins best picture, he's still gonna lose best director to Sam fuckin' Mendes. Who already has a best director trophy. For...
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    Poll: Eggers and his collaborators do a fair job of...

    Eggers and his collaborators do a fair job of approximating the look of Béla Tarr's films but this lacks the terrifying conviction of The Turin Horse. As a mannerist exercise in style, this is never...
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    It's not just Trump that's irrational. Contrary...

    It's not just Trump that's irrational. Contrary to what I keep hearing on cable news about this being the potential start of a "new war," it's actually a continuation of the old war against ISIS,...
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    Scary for whom precisely? After all, it's not...

    Scary for whom precisely? After all, it's not legally binding, and it's unlikely the US would heed it even if it were. Moreover, the US withdrawal from Syria was bad for the Kurds (and good for Iran,...
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