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  • Se7en 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Oct, 2014

    "Gentlemen, gentlemen... I'll never understand. All these books, a world of knowledge at your fingertips. What do you do? You play poker all night."

    Pitt has the showy part, and he earns it, but Freeman is truly on another level for me. The scene in the car; Mills is arguing with John Doe and Somerset is just sitting quiet, glancing in his rear-view, passively observing, stone-faced but attentive. Only a seasoned pro can do so little with their face and…

  • Halloween II 1981

    ★★★ Rewatched 29 Oct, 2014

    Not Carpenter's most polished work as composer. If Halloween II picks up right where the first left off, why tinker with the music if you're going for continuity? The piano cues of the first one are so perfect because pianos don't go out of style. That score is still piercingly fresh while the added synths and whatever else got jumbled into the mix of Halloween II just sound awkward. Tinkering for tinkering's sake. And Jamie Lee is outright bad here.…

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  • Die Hard 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Dec, 2012 18

    A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single…

  • True Grit 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 May, 2013 8

    "Time just gets away from us."

    Only the Coens. The most authentic western in modern memory, only the Coens could accomplish what they do here and they warrant rewatchability to spare. For one, the Coens are masters of language. Always have been, always will be. The way they go about capturing the Old West linguistics and dialects and transplant them into unique and unusual accents of characters is an absolute treat to experience and in the process, transplants the viewer…