Midnight Express

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A textbook example of the kind of movie that can be brilliant even if it is also total bullshit.  Alan Parker directs an Oliver Stone script that adapts Billy Hayes’ account of spending five years in a Turkish prison for trying to take a whole body’s worth of heroin out of…

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Girlfriends

BBB.5 (out of 5) Melanie Mayron‘s starring debut was this low-key charmer that made impressive waves on the late seventies indie scene, including winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto film festival.  She and Anita Skinner play best friends and roommates, one an expressive, neurotic Jewish photographer and the other a contained, neurotic WASPy writer whose…

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Orchestra Rehearsal (Prova D’Orchestra)

BB.5 (out of 5) An Italian orchestra convenes to rehearse a symphony while a television crew films them. Throughout the session, they get into fights with their conductor that threaten to turn into an all-out revolt while they each tell the cameramen their stories and their different ideas of music. Federico Fellini’s politically allegorical story…

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The Last Waltz

BBBBB (out of 5) This fantastic, beautiful concert film captures the final performance given by The Band, who decided to end their days on the road (after sixteen years touring!) by giving one final show for their fans. The actual concert lasted all night into the wee small hours, but here director Martin Scorsese has…

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