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  • Batman Returns 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Dec, 2014

    I still hold that Tim Burton's interpretation of Batman is the best yet to come to the screen, as least when limiting the selection to live-action adaptations; the Adam West version was too campy, while Christopher Nolan's is far too serious. Tim Burton brought the right amount of fantasy and pulp to the story, befitting its comic book origins, while adding in the needed elements to make the story worthy of an adult audience. And of Tim Burton's two Batman…

  • Hell Is for Heroes 1962

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Dec, 2014 1

    Wow. I love surprises, and this film is certainly one of them. I was expecting some sort of middling, jingoistic action yarn, particularly given the year and the cast, and what did I get instead? A thoughtful, gritty, realistic, and altogether haunting war film that - at least in this person's mind - never once glamorizes war.

    Yes, of course the argument can be made that all war films, even anti-war films, glamorize war in some capacity, but I think…

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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…