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  • From Here to Eternity 1953

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2014 2

    There are some classic films – if you’ll forgive me, An American in Paris, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Graduate, The Producers – that seem dated today but whose fame has not withered; so indelible are a moment or two, an image, a performance, that the film as a whole has been seared into the public conscience.

    From Here to Eternity is one such film. Viewed with fresh eyes, it’s apparent that Fred Zinnemann and company couldn’t quite decide whether Burt…

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2014

    A loving, faithful adaptation of a sentimental, crass, contrived, deceitful book is...

    ...what a surprise, still a sentimental, crass, contrived, deceitful film.

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  • Children of Men 2006

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2013 14

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • American Beauty 1999

    ★★★★★ Added 8

    It begins with the voice over of a dead man. If you recall, Billy Wilder’s black comic masterpiece Sunset Blvd. also begins with narration courtesy of a corpse. Like William Holden and Gloria Swanson in American Beauty‘s cinematic ancestor, the film finds the flailing suburban bore Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) dangerously mismatched with the manic energy of his ambitious but quickly aging wife Carolyn (Annette Bening). As we’ve been told, their marriage will lead to murder, but we realize that…