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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★½

    It runs out of steam by the last act, and you can't think too hard about the logic of the story, but A Quiet Place takes a great high-concept premise and skillfully executes it. Krasinski isn't exactly announcing himself as a brilliant filmmaker or stylist, but his film looks nice, does an admirable job of creating tension and has the right attention to detail to flesh out its world with very basic visual storytelling. Certainly, I'm now more impressed by his directorial carer than I am his acting career.

    B

  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★½

    Controversial opinion here, but revisiting Strangers On a Train has confirmed for me that this is not one of Hitchcock's classics. A lot of this has to do with the final act which, while entertaining, completely ditches everything that was interesting about the film's hook, and is built around plot mechanics that don't make a lot of sense.

    Of course, it's Hitchcock, so even if it's middling by his standards, it's still a good movie in its own right. Although…

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  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★★★

    Gorgeous, hugely entertaining and deeply fucked-up, I think there's a strong case to be made that Notorious is Alfred Hitchcock's best film. I'll be going through a bunch of them in the next few months, so we'll see if my feelings change.

    A+

  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★★

    My vague memory of Conan the Barbarian, from my childhood, was that cool stuff happened but that it was also kinda boring. I can see why my 6-year-old self would have thought that: the film is long, episodic, features several extended, wordless sequences, and has a very serious, even somber, tone for something so inherently silly.

    As an adult, I can now see that these are all pluses. Man, this is a hell of a movie, and probably top 5…