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  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Dec, 2016 6

    There is just something to this flick, something extra special. Every scene is vital, gripping, authentic. Slap some color to it and you'd swear it was just as real as There Will Be Blood. You can taste the dust. And calling the performances iconic or transcendent or whatever trivial superlative you want to lather them with only minimizes the sheer breadth of life that is brought to the characters of Howard, and Dobbsy, and Curtin. You know these men like…

  • Two for the Road

    Two for the Road 1967

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Dec, 2016 5

    Stanley Donen is the only filmmaker (still alive, btw) I can think of who arrived deep within the glory days of Old Hollywood, thrived in Old Hollywood, and whose last great work of art also helped pioneer narrative storytelling of the New Hollywood wave that was taking over, especially in 1967. The Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde look downright indulgent compared to the poised composition of Two for the Road's camera countered by its lucid and free roaming editing style,…

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Dec, 2012 20

    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

    True Grit 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 May, 2013 9

    "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…