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  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Metropolis
  • F for Fake
  • Ball of Fire

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

  • Body Double

    ★★

  • Hannibal

    ★★½

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★★★

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  • Rififi

    Rififi

    ★★★★★

    A monolithic heist film that still stands as the unchallenged titan of the genre, Rififi blends together the hard American sensibilities of traditional film noir from its director Jules Dassin with the atmosphere and boundless artistic liberty found in French cinema for a truly unparalleled work of crime thrilling ecstasy. Off the bat, one can’t help but acknowledge the sheer brilliance of the film’s most legendary set piece: a lengthy, totally silent, and meticulously crafted heist sequence smack in the middle…

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★★

    review at thetwingeeks.com

    One year, four months, and twelve days. That’s how long it’s been since I last went to the movies. It has been an agonizing wait for those of us who have longed for the flicker of a film projector on canvas. To smell the rich buttery aroma of the theater popcorn, and to converse among the congress of like-minded movie lovers who gather to partake in the ritual of celluloid communion. For the last five-hundred days we…

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    A pioneering masterclass in so many unintended ways, George Romero’s iconoclastic Night of the Living Dead towers as a pillar of the horror genre, as well as the progenitor of so many cinematic influences to come thereafter. It’s not just the innovation of the modern zombie mythos, though carving out the beginnings of such a rich and pervasive cultural idea is its own incalculable achievement one could argue has literally never been rivaled in terms of scope for the screen.…

  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★

    This is less a coherent movie than it is a celluloid exorcism of every fixation and fetish Brian De Palma had thusly committed to the screen; a hodgepodge extravaganza of sleaze and crude Hitchcock recreations blended together with literal pornography, a nonsensical murder plot, and a dash of hollow Hollywood cynicism sprinkled on top. It’s wacky and reckless and just a little bit self aware, but not as much as it would like to be, betraying itself as an ultimately…

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  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★½

    The best comedies are best appreciated when seen in the company of a great gathering. Particularly those with universal appeal, transcending not only the barrier of time, but language as well. Walking in to see Jacques Tati’s magnum opus PlayTime this evening I had not suspected the curated print to be absent of the usual accommodation of subtitles. Very quickly, however, I found they would have been quite unnecessary, as Tati’s visual-oriented storytelling maintains a magnificent narrative and thematic web…

  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run

    ★★★★½

    Did I just go out to see Chicken Run at eleven in the morning despite not only having seen the film countless times but even just as recently as earlier this year? I did, and you would too if you know what’s good for you. We need to normalize early matinee screenings, I’d go see a film at six am if they’d show them. Roll out of bed, order a coffee at the counter, suffice on a breakfast of buttered popcorn and twizzlers while soaking in a nostalgia-fueled screening of a childhood classic? I can think of few better ways to start the day.