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  • Das Boot

    Das Boot 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Jun, 2015

    I hadn't seen this in more than 20 years, and it was just as intense and brilliantly crafted as I remembered. However, I'd completely forgotten about the brutal, ironic gutpunch of the last scene. Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, but those Germans got a raw deal.

  • Rocky Balboa

    Rocky Balboa 2006

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jun, 2015

    This was better than I remembered, maybe because I'm ten years older and what it has to say about getting older is hitting a little closer to home. I remember reading once that Stallone apparently has a very high IQ, and I used to chuckle at that idea when I'd think of, say, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. But I feel like I owe Sly an apology - any writer who'd think to include a detail like the beat-up folding chair that Rocky keeps wedged in a tree near Adrian's grave must be pretty brilliant.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 8

    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

    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…