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Das Leben Der Anderen

Or, “The Lives Of Others.” This German movie of 2006 won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for that year, and without having seen the other candidates I feel I’m justified in guessing that it most likely was. My friend and I checked it out last week; she’d seen it before and recommended it, and…

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Top 100s

The nice people at Entertainment Weekly have been good enough to entertain us with a set of “new classics” top 100 lists. These lists, thank goodness, recognize the inherent bias in the “of all time” lists I’m always griping about and make it clear that these are the top 100 of the last 25 years.…

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1001 Movies To See Before You Die

I counted 267 that I’ve seen, so if I can hang on until age 180 or so I might catch them all. Notable omission: “Help.” See what else you can find. This list’s in chronological order, so there’s no quibbling over whether Godfather II is better than the first.

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Get Shorty

Speaking of movies, here’s another top-right one. Gene Hackman, John Travolta, Renee Russo, Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farino, James Gandolfini. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, based on the Ellmore Leonard novel. A pleasure from start to finish, a tight story played just right.

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The Party

If you ever find yourself nostalgic for the ’60s, this is your cure. How bad can it be if it’s not Pootie Tang? Picture if you will this graph: “The Godfather goes in the top right corner — great talent all around, terrific movie. The bottom left is inhabited by the kinds of things that…

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Coffee is for Closers

The real star? The dialog. David Mamet’s Touretteslike stream of obscenity-laced iambic pentameter has a mesmerizing rhythm, taking on a life of its own. I can only imagine how cool this must have been on stage, with a cast that had been doing it every night for a year.

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Inland Empire

When you watch an interview with David Lynch it’s always surprising how totally normal he seems. Once you get past the hipster hair style he’s got this unpretentious gee-whiz enthusiasm about things. Did you know he’s a vegan, or at least a vegetarian? He shows us how to make quinoa (pronounced kin-WAH) with organic broccoli,…

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Gaslight

In another context someone wrote, ‘better? There is no “better’”. That applies to the film classic Gaslight, running on TCM this weekend. A movie who’s title has become a verb, the plot in short is: a young English voice student on the mainland meets an imposing and romantic older man. He woos her, she falls…

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3:10 To Yuma

Take a little spaghetti western along with bits and pieces of “High Noon” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (actually a huge amount of “Josey Wales”), toss in some of the big stars of the day and a story by Elmore Leonard and you get “3:10 To Yuma,” the latest installment in the never-ending quest to…

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