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  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★

    A colorful cast of characters is stuck in a stagecoach going through hostile territory. They have to work out their differences to survive. It's a pretty basic structure, but the characters are fun and the action scenes are incredible. Aside from one dimensional Native American antagonists one might expect from the era, it holds up very well.

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★½

    One of the best conversations ever put to film, but ultimately just the first step to even more enriching sequels. There is a sort of melancholy that comes with watching these two fall in love knowing where they are now. But it is such poetry and intimate magic. These two feel as real to me as any characters ever have.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

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

    Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★★★

    The most famous and influential detective film of all time is certainly a classic. It demands the viewer play close attention to detail to get the full experience, as many things are only hinted at with a subtle look or an offhand bit of body language. It's difficult to pay attention to that when you have some of the greatest actors of all time reciting the outstanding dialogue, but it's worth it. This might be Humphrey Bogart's defining role, even if Rick Blaine is his best.