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  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

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

    Unforgiven is haunted by many things; as a film, it's haunted by the cultural memory of a West that never really 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…

  • In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood

    ★★★★★

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    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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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

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    Despite its status as one of the most momentous events in living memory, one that defined the entirety of The Greatest Generation as we know it, I don't think we got a truly definitive World War 2 film out of Hollywood for quite some time. Sure, we got some iconic films set around it, like Casablanca, but that's more of a Romantic Drama, and not really about the war itself, at least, what it was like to experience it firsthand.…

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★½

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    I don't think I have to remind anyone by now that, before it became the punchline for multiple Family Guy gags (some of them even good!), 9/11 was the definition of a watershed, earth-shaking moment, not just in American history, but the entire world's as well. However, in addition to the tremendous historical impact of that September morn, it also holds a certain personal importance for me, as, while I fortunately didn't lose anyone in the attacks, it still happened…

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  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★½

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    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 it feeling forced, or…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

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    Against a pitch black screen, we hear the merciless Texas wind as it haunts its way across the impossibly gargantuan, desolate landscape, and, as the newborn morning sun slowly creeps its way above these vast vistas, we hear the voice of a weary, defeated old man say: "I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old... hard to believe".

    As the man continues lamenting the seemingly new, incomprehensible brutality arising from the modern world, as if on…