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  • Three Kings

    Three Kings 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Sep, 2015 2

    This holds up incredibly well. It moves at a fantastic pace and all the performances are spot on - pretty amazing when you think about the different tones the movie juggles. And holy fuck, it looks incredible.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver 1976

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Sep, 2015

    I'm always surprised at how great Scorsese is in his scene. I shouldn't be though, but still. What a guy. How far off is Silence?

  • Rust and Bone

    Rust and Bone 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2015 7

    It's just powerful filmmaking that knocks me out once again. Performances out of this world and Audiard has a fun sense for popular music and what works in a scene.

  • A Prophet

    A Prophet 2009

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Aug, 2015

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

    Absolutely one of the best prison films of all time. It's brutal, extremely well acted, incredibly intense and perfectly paced. There's a fantastic sense of when to add a good song and montage that shit and there's a real feeling for when to hit hard or take it slow. The film wouldn't work without Tahar Rahim - he sells every seconds. You have to believe his transformation from a scared but violent 19 year old to the king of the castle. And he delivers.

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2015 3

    It's all in that piece of music. It starts out with a sort of buzzing, not quite, but almost and then comes the clapping and the strings and it's quietly soaring, quietly so I don't notice it until it's all over and then I'm left there floating, hanging, not quite sure if I'm happy or sad, probably a bit of both. It ends the way it's gotta end, it ends where many films don't end and anybody watching the film can take away exactly what they want from it.

  • Bringing Out the Dead

    Bringing Out the Dead 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Aug, 2015

    There is plenty to analyse here and maybe someday I will, but it works just as well if you simply take it for what it is. It's got one of Cage's best performances, it's got Scorsese in a phenomenal mode that is unlike anything else I've seen by him and it's got one of the best soundtracks out there. Really, every song is great and is a perfect fit. The lighting is also a highlight in this film. It makes…

  • Serpico

    Serpico 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2015

    Probably the best combination of hair and beard ever put on screen. And Pacino's wardrobe in this? That's 5 stars alone right there.

  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink 1991

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2015

    A slam dunk that doesn't really feel like a slam dunk throughout its running time because it's all so quietly masterful. Then it's over and you're sitting there and you know it's a fuckin slam dunk.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2015

    I did not expect this to hold up as well as it did. Still love it. It's top 2 or 3 Nolan, maybe even my favourite of his. The performances are top notch, the story is thrilling, mysterious and twisty and the pacing is right on target. It's also amazing how well it works on rewatches, when you know how it all turns out. It hits the spot emotionally and there is enough cool ideas and tricks to keep your brain working.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jul, 2015

    Even better second time. Jake G is on fire and owns every single scene he is in. Riz Ahmed is really good as well and I absolutely love the way they play off each other. It's got one of the tightest screenplays I've seen in a long time, too. Things get rolling right out of the gate and just keep rolling at full speed.

  • Angel Heart

    Angel Heart 1987

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jul, 2015 2

    I had completely forgotten how amazing this film is. Mickey Rourke gives one of his best performances and De Niro is badass in his small role. The best thing about the film is the atmosphere. It's jazzy, dark, sweaty, grim and all those other amazing things. Locations, pacing, man, everything is spot on here.

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Jul, 2015

    That ending always gets me. Tarantino can definitely write deep, emotional scenes. Don't see why that is something people criticize him for.