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Gabe Leibowitz

Gabe Leibowitz
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 88% Mouchette (1967) Fans of Bresson's work will find him at his finest here. Mouchette is as pure as any film to come out of the '60s.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2003
100/100 97% Spirited Away (2002) Spirited Away transcends masterpiece status. Composed of layer upon layer, it creates its own terminology.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/4 95% Germany, Year Zero (1949) There's rarely a shot that doesn't portray the utter hopelesness of Edmund's situation, and it makes his eventual fate feel almost inevitable, if no less wrenching as a result.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/4 90% Barry Lyndon (1975) Glimpses of Barry's humanity peek through during his moments with Brian, and explode in Kubrick's most wrenching moment near the film's conclusion.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/4 89% The Golden Age (L'Âge d'Or) (1930) Genocide, mutilated eyes, a fire at a party that doesn't cause a single guest to blink, murdering a child...we're forced to think about the significance of every scene.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/4 93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) This web of mixed motives is one of Princess Mononoke's greatest strengths. Not once do we feel that the characters are cardboard cutout villains and their hardships are more powerful as a result.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/4 94% Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964) An exhilarating experience.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/4 98% The Leopard (1963) From the opulent visuals and lavish costumes down to the stately Burt Lancaster himself, The Leopard is a breathtaking work.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2003
4/4 No Score Yet Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) Aggressively plunging into a rich story and never relenting, Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto provides the same snappy pacing and riveting battle sequences that made Akira Kurosawa legendary.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2003
4/4 97% Alien (1979) In an era where the horror genre has faded into a laughable mix of teen slashers and formulaic storylines, Alien provides a welcome nostalgic dose of authentic terror.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2003
4/4 99% Aliens (1986) Aliens never strives to be as accomplished as the original, but it's wit and turbo-charged battles make it a wild and electric ride, one with the best replay value of the franchise.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2003
100/100 100% Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) One of cinema's greatest achievements.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2003
4/4 85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) In Master and Commander, Weir's first since The Truman Show, we finally get an adventure film that's not dumbed down to the lowest denominator of common cretin.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2003
4/4 95% Lancelot of the Lake (Lancelot du Lac) (1974) Having seen Bresson's filmography in full (including this film twice), I'm convinced that Lancelot of the Lake is on par with his very best and most transcendent work.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2003
4/4 97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon mixes In the Mood for Love's unobtainable romance with Dancer in the Dark's selfless-to-the-end philosophy.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2004
4/4 92% Ed Wood (1994) "Strangely compelling and inspiring..."‐ eCinemaCenter.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2004
4/4 88% House of Flying Daggers (2004) House of Flying Daggers has all the visual extravaganza of Hero but thrice its emotional heft, putting it on par with Ang Lee's extraordinary CTHD.‐ eCinemaCenter.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2004
4/4 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Turn convention upside down with its stirring portrayal of paternity, passion, mortality, and loyalty‐ eCinemaCenter.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2004
4/4 97% The Earrings of Madame De... (Madame de...) (1954) The tracking shots effortlessly glide down corridors, into rooms, through gardens. They particularly shine during two dancing scenes, where the smooth movements of the partners are echoed by the graceful camera capturing every move in perfect sync.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2009
4/4 100% Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan) (1951) The contrast of sneering wealth versus timid poverty is quietly sarcastic.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2009
99/100 96% Psycho (1960) With his toothpick build and childish voice, Bates appears to be little more than a shy coward, making the revelation of his psychotic nature shocking.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
99/100 98% Sunset Boulevard (1950) Few pictures are greater than Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder's scathing assault on Hollywood's magnetism, aura, and fear of watching it pass you by...‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2004
98/100 89% Rushmore (1998) While Rushmore can be analyzed from many angles, I think it's most interesting as a daring and original character study.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2005
98/100 96% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) One of the greatest films ever made, Elem Klimov's anti-war masterpiece is ironically named, as those with weak stomachs may want to steer clear.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted May 24, 2009
98/100 100% Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô dayû) (1954) A richly layered masterpiece, Sanshô the Bailiff deserves a spot near the highest pantheon of world cinema.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2010
97/100 98% Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) (1988) Ultimately, the picture's respect for Seito and Setsuko's ability to fend for themselves results in a far more powerful piece of cinema than if they'd been portrayed as the typical scared kid.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2003
97/100 95% Before Sunset (2004) The final 25 minutes of Before Sunset, starting with excruciatingly honest admissions from both parties in a car backseat, are the best filmmaking I've ever seen.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2005
97/100 100% Before Sunrise (1995) Linklater hasn't just crafted a detached portrait of a unique couple: he's painting a masterful examination of human nature, of that relationship we all want, but too often sadly see slip away.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2009
95/100 92% The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1967) A blistering attack on social classes and conventions, The Exterminating Angel may be the best in a long line of Buñuel masterpieces.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2004
94/100 97% Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria) (1957) Nights of Cabiria is a heartbreaking foray into the breezy Roma evenings, a tragic portrayal of empty hopes, frustration, and shattered pride.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2004
94/100 100% Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958) One of my favorite films, The Music Room bathes its viewers in Indian culture while remaining universally accessible with its masterful photography and stunning music.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2004
93/100 94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) One could use It's a Wonderful Life to teach their children values: compassion, selflessness, loyalty, and self-respect.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2010
92/100 96% L'Argent (1983) Bresson's obsessive leg and arm shots force us to use our imaginations; there are no eyes to tell us what the characters are feeling.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
92/100 98% Throne of Blood (1957) Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's searing adaptation of Macbeth, fluidly weaves Shakespeare's fluid lyricism with a distinct Japanese flavor.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2003
92/100 86% Collateral (2004) Cruise turns in perhaps his best performance, flashing his trademark smile just once behind his raggedy, greying stubble.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2004
92/100 100% Samurai Rebellion (1967) As powerful, meditative, and gripping as anything Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, or other Japanese masters have created.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2005
92/100 95% Pickpocket (1959) Poetic seems too weak a word to sum up Pickpocket's extraordinary arc: that it achieves so much in so short a time (75 minutes) is almost other-worldly.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2009
92/100 96% The Social Network (2010) The Social Network is a sweeping look at the mind, our generation and era, and our future.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2010
88/100 98% Playtime (1973) Tati mimics American idealism with the tour bus women's 'golly-gee, wow!' attitude, and isn't any easier on the French's to-do, prim-and-proper persona.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2005
88/100 94% Out of the Past (1947) Out of the Past should be considered a prototypical example of how to do noir the right way--shadowy corners, double crossings aplenty, a luscious femme fatale, and, of course, murders.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted May 2, 2010
3.5/4 62% Hulk (2003) Hulk represents a quantum leap in summer entertainment - a thoughtful and moving superhero flick with enough action to keep our blood pumping.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
3.5/4 93% Suspiria (1977) The final revelations aren't especially difficult to discern and ultimately are a tad unrewarding but Argento never takes his foot off the atmospheric pedal, and the anxiety in the viewer lingers until the credits begin to roll.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
3.5/4 91% School of Rock (2003) An energetic burst that rises above its flaws to become one of the most entertaining pictures of 2003.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2003
3.5/4 88% Mystic River (2003) A tale of tragic misinterpretation, Mystic River requires deep focus into the multiple tortured souls to fully be harnessed.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2004
3.5/4 86% Springtime in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (2002) Even potentially crushing situations are diffused by the respect each character has for one another.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2004
3.5/4 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Only an overstuffed middle, battle-heavy section keeps Letters From Iwo Jima from being an elite movie.‐ eCinemaCenter.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2006
3.5/4 86% The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso) (2000) This is a remarkable and unique work.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2009
85/100 87% Fresh (1994) Unlike John Singleton's by-the-numbers Boyz n the Hood, Boaz Yakin's Fresh doesn't rely on skeletal portrayals of life in the ghetto, or moralistic messages.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2005
85/100 92% The Squid and the Whale (2005) Relentless in its condemnation of childish parenting and irresponsibility, Noah Baumbach's uncomfortable The Squid and the Whale ranks as one of 2005's best films by pulling no punches whatsoever.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2006
85/100 88% Bad Education (2004) A dazzling autobiographical blend of Almodovar's career, childhood, and adoration & admiration for the cinema.‐ Film and Felt
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2009