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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    It's been a big year for me and Mr. Mann. I don't have an actual review logged for this for my first viewing 3 years ago, but on my private spreadsheet I had it slated as a "half-baked romance" because I was a fucking idiot. This is a (n extremely hard) film about duty and respect between two opposite sides of the law, but most importantly it's just a really fucking cool movie about bad people. This movie is nearly…

  • Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★★

    Showcasing Gilliam’s influences, including MetropolisVertigo (literally on the screen), Dr. Strangelove, La Jetée (the core inspiration for the story), and even his own work Brazil, Twelve Monkeys is a brilliant, haunting, pitch black look at society’s amazing ability to mistreat the “mentally divergent” and the tendency toward totalitarianism. Terrifying.

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  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★★

    For those too far gone to find redemption, fate is swift and cruel. This moves at a blistering, fiery pace. Scintillating. Friedkin is a master.

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    ★★★★

    Another fascinating Western on duty, pride, and temptation, with some absolutely gorgeous backdrops. Some fantastic late-classic Hollywood star power at work, too. Glenn Ford is fantastic as the bad guy turned...something else. Super excited to watch the remake sometime soon, but always wanted to see this one first.

    How about that theme song?!

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  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★★

    March Around the World 2019 | Nation #1: Hong Kong

    It's not an aspirational story (as my friend Joe said), but it is a beautiful story about two men in an often ugly and venomous relationship. If you interpret Lai as an unreliable narrator (which makes it a bit more interesting), there's a really interesting dynamic between Lai and Ho in which they're both just really lonely (and they probably were even before they left HK for Argentina...) and it…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    Well, I feel stupid. I don't know what I expected, but this is way darker than I thought, despite the title. Like a more melancholy, female-centric Freaks & Geeks, isn't it? Can't deny that James Woods is perfect in this, despite my dislike for the guy in real life. Absolutely perfect as the cowardly father.

    I can't remember who said it (maybe an article in Sight & Sound?), but I read an article once that boldly claimed "every director's best film is…