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  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    I'll start my review at the end of the film. Morgan Freeman's character narrates over the closing footage: "Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."

    David Fincher's work here is consistently dreary, for lack of better term. The colors are all so uniformly bronzed or darkened or dilapidated that I could easily qualify this a neo-noir detective story. Colors and images are used brilliantly to show the…

  • Ritual

    Ritual

    ★★★★★

    An absolute masterpiece and one of the most incredible character explorations I have ever seen.

    Also, maybe the only time crayon drawings have ever terrified me.

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    Dr. Strangelove opens with a soft instrumental version of "Try a Little Tenderness", a song in which the lyrics emphasize the importance of not overlooking signs of distress and disaster. While that, in and of itself, encapsulates the core (sans absurdity) of what Dr. Strangelove is about, I feel that it is also a clue to the critical viewer that there will be plenty of subtle innuendos, wordplay, and imagery used throughout.

    For instance, the opening credits roll over footage…

  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★

    "The Battle of Algiers" is impossible to not appreciate. The cinematography and balance are superb and the historical significance of it cannot be understated. So why is it only worthy of 4 Stars? Well, that's a personal taste and my only real issue with the film.

    Personally, I love characters. That said, "The Battle of Algiers" doesn't do much in lieu of establishing or fleshing out the humans within the drama. That is a forgivable sin, as the film runs…