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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Andrei Rublev
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Lawrence of Arabia

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  • Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

    ★★★★★

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    ★★★★½

  • True Stories

    ★★★½

  • Casino Royale

    ★★★★★

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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    ★★★★½

    It's probably been 15+ years since I watched this. It's always risking watching an old favorite after that long. God knows there are plenty of examples where they don't hold up, but thankfully this isn't one of them. My only disappointment is that 15 years later there is still no English translation of the original novels!

  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★

    Made me thankful for the high quality horror from A24

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  • Masculin Féminin

    Masculin Féminin

    ★★

    About five minutes of watching most of Jean-Luc Godard's characters is enough to make me involuntarily start yelling at them to get off my lawn. They're the embodiment of smug, self-righteous pretension. Everything people hate about hipsters today, Godard captured on film 50 years ago.

    Masculin Feminin is one of the worst offenders in that category. I'm glad Godard exists because he's influenced so many other film makers who I enjoy, but for most of his films I just don't…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    What a mess. Rian Johnson has claimed he had near total freedom on The Last Jedi. I sincerely hope that's not true. If it is then I've overestimated him as a film maker.

    I'll get into spoilers a bit lower down but first a few non-spoiler thoughts. In terms of the three Disney Wars to date, this ranks squarely in the middle. Not nearly as bad as Rogue One but quite a bit below The Force Awakens.

    My hope had…