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  • The Naked City 1948

    ★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2014 2

    There's something fascinatingly detached about Jules Dassin's 'The Naked City'. In many ways there is no real "lead character" that we follow through the film and get to know. Instead we have our ominous narrator merely putting us through the paces. We see the police do their job but don't really learn anything about them other than their steadfast devotion to that job.
    In the context of today's screenwriting expectations this would be a total failure but when considering the…

  • King Kong 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    Peter Jackson's 'King Kong' has always been a slightly frustrating film for me because I honestly believe there is a brilliant film buried somewhere within it. Take out the cheesy slow motion shots, just about every line of dialogue belonging to Jamie Bell, and some of the relentless island action along with a few smart nips and tucks throughout and I think a masterpiece will be left remaining.

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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    How does one even begin to write about 'Birdman'? Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has made a film so technically marvelous and full of ideas that I couldn't possibly hope to write anything resembling a coherent (or concise) review without at least one more viewing and a whole lotta time to process all of the wonderful things this movie made me feel and experience.
    Michael Keaton is just beyond incredible in the lead role and is surrounded by absolutely perfect supporting cast…

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.

    In many…