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  • The Lives of Others 2006

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2014

    *furiously unscrews lightswitch covers*

    Great movies instill a viewer with a sense of wonder. "The Lives of Others" ended with me feeling a stone in my stomach: an awful sense of curiosity and paranoia, a sign of success in my book.

  • Duel 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2014

    It's cheap and cheesy, but the thrills slowly build until the film's explosive finale. It's long enough to exercise good tension, and short enough to never bore.

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  • L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2012 1

    Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.

    The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.

    I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.

  • Mean Streets 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2013 1

    Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.

    Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.

    EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.