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  • Strangers on a Train 1951

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Robert Walker gives his greatest performances in one of Hitch's most underrated films. It doesn't quite have the transcendent qualities that Rear Window, Psycho and Vertigo have, but it holds it's own with the masters second best rung of movies.

    The two set pieces set in a carnival are incredible. Walker's character follows Granger's wife into this carnival to kill her and when she gets on a boat into Lover's River it gets bizarre and creepy and just anxiety ridden.…

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1972

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    Fassbiner's play turned film is an extremely emotional journey into one woman's dark world. The performances are incredible, Margit Carstensen is absolutely soul crushing in her performance of a love struck artist.

    The film is set in Mrs von Kant's bedroom. It is incredible what Fassbinder does with the camera in this small space. Rack focus shots I've never seen, really bizarre long takes, pronounced blocking. It's a master class in emotional camera techniques.

    It's not the most enjoyable of experiences. It's a dark journey, filled with lots of screaming and crying and family dynamics. This is very Bergmanesque material.

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  • Taxi Driver 1976

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Feb, 2013 4

    I find it strange that this movie is so popular. I see 'bros' quoting it and they always have this next to Goodfellas and The Sopranos and Entourage in their collection of movies. I think a lot of people like it for the wrong reasons. They like the violence and the guns and DENIRO. But for me this is the quintessential art house film. It's ambiguous in it's meaning, it has no plot, it's main character has a lot of…

  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Dec, 2012 43

    Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino's filmography reads like a symphony of revenge, blood, sam jackson and laughs. His latest entry, also a two word title, is Django Unchained. And it may be his best movie yet.

    Revenge has really taken a hold of QT's writing as of late. He seems to really get inspiration from these characters that are hell bent on hell sending. If you thought the protagonist in Kill Bill was…