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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Siskel & Ebert & John Simon go to war over "Star Wars:

And yet, all the same, there is much to be said for Simon's words. I understand where he's coming from. I'm not in sympathy with where he's going.

The goal, I suspect, is to encompass the whole range of good movies, and despise the unworthy ones. The complete film critic must be large; he must contain multitudes.

I had completely forgotten this experience. I marked Gene Siskel's birthday on Saturday by tweeting links all day, and that shook some new discoveries out of the branches.

Thanks for the link to Jerry Taylor.

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