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  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Pan's Labyrinth

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  • Prey

    ★★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★★

  • Blood Simple

    ★★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

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  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A match suddenly sparks to life in a dark room, lighting a candle with a small, fragile flame, as a Hasidic family begins to pray around the dinner table, preparing for their Sabbath dinner. As the candle burns down to a smoldering heap, all the color is slowly drained away until it becomes a cold, stark black-&-white, before the whisper of smoke is abruptly replaced by the towering black cloud erupting from a train, as we're suddenly transported back in…

  • In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Despite how influential Truman Capote's "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood was considered at the time of its release (a book which, to be perfectly honest, I still haven't read), I suspect that the film adaptation of the same name was likely just as groundbreaking within its own medium; after all, released in 1967, it played side-by-side in theaters with such watersheds as Bonnie & Clyde and The Graduate, films which helped pushed the envelopes on cinematic portrayals of sex & violence, but…

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Just finished watching this, and while there were aspects that could've done somewhat better, such as an overreliance on dodgy-looking CGI, and a pace which would've benefitted from being a bit more patient at times in building things up, it was otherwise a surprisingly intelligent piece of genre entertainment, one that was able to fit fairly gracefully into the trend of female empowerment in the industry, without forcing the issue or resorting to anachronistic "gurl power!"-style pandering, ala something like…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There's plenty of things I could criticize about Nope; I could go on about the unnecessarily drawn out pacing of it, which strings the plot along without having much really happening, or the way it squanders certain actors/sub-plots, or its somewhat messy overall approach, which inexplicably includes TWO "cold open" shocks at the beginning, when one of them would've been a more than sufficient hook, but you know what...? I really didn't care that much about all of that; I…

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  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★½

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    "This time, it's war."

    One of the toughest tasks for any young director must be to enter a series that began with what is one of the most iconic genre movies ever, and then have to make a sequel that not only expands on its story & mythology without turning into ridiculous fanfiction (*cough Alien: Resurrection cough*), but also take that series in an entirely new direction, to the point where it goes into a completely different genre, without any of…

  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

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    Unforgiven is haunted by many things; as a film, it's haunted by an Old West that never existed, its protagonist is haunted by the lingering influence of his late wife, by the atrocities he committed as a young outlaw, and by the fear that he'll get what he deserves in the afterlife, and finally, one could say that Clint Eastwood himself was haunted, by the long shadows his cinematic mentors still cast over his career (Sergio Leone & Don Siegel to…