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  • The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2015

    "How are things going, Mr. Torrance?"

    "Things could be better, Lloyd. Things could be a whole lot better."

  • Barry Lyndon 1975

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2015

    This is as much of a must-see on 35mm as 2001. Not just as an overwhelming visual experience - although it is that - but because the movie's accumulation of subtle gestures work surprisingly well on a larger scale. The many lies, manipulations and acts of quiet cruelty take on epic proportions on the big screen, building to devastating effect in the movie's final hour. Barry Lyndon might be the best response to the common criticism that Kubrick's movies are…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 7

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…