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  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★½

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

    The recurring symbol of High Noon is time. From the real time narrative structure to the music tempo often synched with the ticking of clocks, to the very title itself, High Noon is ultimately about time. This is not so much a philosophical thing (although perhaps a fella could write whole papers on this film's conception of time if he wanted), but more of a method for build-up and suspense. And IMO it works.

    High Noon is a good film,…

  • Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar

    ★★★★

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

    Johnny Guitar is a riveting melodrama and a thrilling Western. The film follows the rivalry between Vienna and Emma, two women caught up in their bitter hatred of each other. Sterling Hayden plays the titular guitarist, whose deep voice and laid-back manner make him one of the coolest heroes in the Western genre, is called to Vienna’s saloon under the pretense of his musical skills, when he is really there for her protection against Emma and her posse.

    Throughout Johnny…

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★½

    My First Review of Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    Aguirre: The Wrath of God is a triumph for Werner Herzog. It follows a group of conquistadors as they descend into the depths of the Amazon, which is to say that they descend into the depths of insanity. I want to use this review to talk about two elements of the film which make it work so well: the cinematography and Kinski's performance.

    As Roger Ebert noted, Herzog has a brilliant…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★

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

    My First Review of There Will Be Blood

    At last, There Will Be Blood is beginning to click.

    I've always viewed this as the greatest film I could never love. In the past, I have been left cold, feeling nothing and confused as to the film's acclaim. This viewing was different. Key moments now pulsate with tension, in ways that I couldn't feel before. The intensity of the oil well consumed by flame, of Plainview's baptism, of Planview and Sunday's…