Woman in the Dunes (1964) - 8/10. First 90 minutes better than the last 60, with the central relationship more interesting and the narrative still focused on tension rather than resignation, although the way the story ruthlessly snaps shut in the final moments still gives me chills days later. Might love it more on revisit when I know from the start where it's going. Allegory fundamentally pretty perfect, some stunning imagery and music.
*Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - 10/10. Fourth complete viewing, not counting all those times I made myself bawl by just watching the first 40 minutes (ending on the piano scene) and that time I spent weeks making Russian subtitles for it, which meant going through every dialogue scene multiple times. "Things are happening awful fast around here," is the key line, and you could say certain things happen too fast, but on the upside there's not a flagging second in the whole two hours and this is such a fully realized, immersive and immediate world it's still exhilarating to be in even when you know every moment by heart. Possibly the best screenplay ever written.
*McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) - 8/10. One of those films I feel like I should love more than I do, and this time I warmed up more to its loose-limbed approach (some miraculous moments in the interplay among the supporting cast), on the other hand its genre subversion and anti-capitalist messaging are still overdetermined for my taste (though not "wrong", ofc) and, as in Don't Look Now, it's kind of a shame Julie Christie becomes increasingly sidelined in the second half after making such a great impression in the first. The cinematography may be the most beautiful I've ever seen.
*Avalon (1990) - 9/10. A slight downgrade from the perfect 10, one of those cases where you're so awestruck by what a film is doing on first viewing that you quickly stop noticing the seams, which stand out more on revisit. Some overly cute scenes and dialogue that forcefully underlines things instead of just letting them breathe, but still a mostly phenomenal film about Time consuming lives with all their dreams, histories, joys and miseries. One of the most neglected American movies of the past 30 years.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) - 6/10. Inexcusably long, structureless grab-bag of mostly pointlessly manufactured conflicts and overmilked jokes that range from pretty funny to DOA, juuuuuuuust barely saved by its sincerity (there are times when it connects, which is more than can be said for e.g. the craven synthetic bullshit of Yesterday), the occasional well-done comic and/or musical moment (esp. the climactic number) and Stevens and McAdams' performances.