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  • Il Sorpasso

    Il Sorpasso 1962

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2015

    It is the discovery of films like Il Sorpasso that remind me why I devour movies with such an appetite. I haven't "loved" a film in a while, but this one made everything mediocre that came before just part of the journey to finding it.

    Perhaps its impact was strengthened by the fact that I picked up the Criterion disc on a whim, and went into the viewing completely blind. The simple premise of an odd-couple summer road movie was…

  • Cliffhanger

    Cliffhanger 1993

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jul, 2015

    This film is one of those great action movies that seems to live in the shadow of Die Hard (uninspired comparisons are even more tempting here because of Renny Harlin's involvement); however, this is a relentlessly entertaining action classic that deserves to appreciated in its own light. We have actors who were braving the cold in the Italian Alps in real snow on real mountains with real risks - merely to heighten their commitment to entertaining us. And, I think…

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Aug, 2013

    Dreamily slow, but hypnotic with visceral imagery from start to finish - each frame is like a neon painting. I would say confidently that the lighting and cinematography are the bigger stars than Gosling in this. In combination with the lighting, the amazing Cliff Martinez score adds a sense of dread and impact that was very Kubrickian - like a mix of Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining shot in a dreamland Bangkok. I also felt the influence of John…

  • Beauty Day

    Beauty Day 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    Cheel is Canada's next star filmmaker and this is proof - one of the best films of 2011. Would love to see what he could do with a feature-length fictional film. Looking forward to How to Build a Time Machine!