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  • All Is Lost 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    Utterly terrific. Compelling from frame one, incredibly tense, and wonderfully human, All is Lost is an amazing example of what can be accomplished with cinema, and a shot across the bow of stories everywhere that feel the need to cram in more and more. This film argues for stripping away everything until you're left with the bare essentials. Ultimately, what is more fundamentally dramatic than one man's fight for survival against all odds? I loved it.

  • The Sand Pebbles 1966

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    This is a breezy three hours, it must be said - the time really does go at quite a good clip. I was quite surprised to find the film to be so accessible, but it is. This is an enjoyable, old-fashioned yarn the likes of which they don't make anymore.

    A spiritual sequel of sorts to The Great Escape (both military tales, both set in historic periods, and both featuring Richard Attenborough and Steve McQueen), and perhaps just as epic,…

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  • Miller's Crossing 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2013 9

    I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.

    The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…

  • The Seventh Seal 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2013 2

    This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.

    I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…