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  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★★

    Possibly the best film I can't bring myself to like. Don't get me wrong; it's a mastepiece, perhaps Stanley Kubrick's finest. It's endlessly fascinating. But man... what a tough watch. I want to take a shower.

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★

    Ingmar Bergman pits his childhood piety and his adult doubt side by side. They race to escape death long enough to find meaning in life. It's an excellent film, with great performances, a unique setting and aesthetic, and consistently interesting dialogue that makes reading the subtitles a pleasure rather than a chore. And Bergman is tackling the big questions of existence for most people, and while he doesn't deliver answers, he really captures the mood of what it's like to…

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  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

    A pitch perfect spy film by Hitchcock. Tense, funny, sexy and thrilling as the plot demands, while filmed with all the skill and panache one expects from the director.

  • Argo

    Argo

    ★★★★

    Ben Affleck's roller coaster career is certainly an interesting one, but I suspect his legacy as a filmmaker will always be highlighted by this one. Part political thriller, part spy movie, the film puts us right in the middle of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. It follows the only recently declassified mission of Tony Mendez as he leads a daring escape plan so bonkers it's hard to believe it worked. Or that the film is actually ramping up the final events,…