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  • 12 Angry Men
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  • Aliens
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  • The Curse of Frankenstein

    ★★½

  • Good Morning

    ★★½

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    ★★★★

  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    ★★★★

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  • The Curse of Frankenstein

    The Curse of Frankenstein

    ★★½

    A Hammer Horror and one of the first gory horror movies in color. It stars Peter Cushing and has Christopher Lee as the monster. It's mostly a pretty dull retelling of the classic tale, but it's bookended with an interesting take. The monster is also pretty effective and it definitely leans into the horror aspect more than the Universal version. All in all its a bit lackluster, but Cushing was very good in it.

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning

    ★★½

    I guess this is an Ozu comedy. It's a slice of life movie about two young brothers who really want a TV and their neighbors living in a block of houses. There is zero stakes here and little happens. It's pleasant enough and this being Ozu, the framing is immaculate. Even with the very static camera there is not a frame that is not interesting to look at. It's nice, but I wish it had a bit more to say.

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ½

    This is a self-filtering film. The type of people that want to sit through a 7 hour, glacially paced, nihilistic philosophical statement are probably going to rate it highly. I see nothing special about anything here. It's broadly boring, abusive to its viewers (and to cats), and lifeless. Needless to say, this movie wasn't for me. For a certain film fan who likes their movies moving incredibly slowly and who has a lot of time on their hands, I guess maybe its not the worst thing in the world.

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★

    What has always stuck with me about Aguirre, and why it grew in my estimation over the years, is the crazy on-location shooting and Kinski's legendary portrayal of the the madman Aguirre. I thought I may have underrated it when I first reviewed it, but on re-watch I am stuck on the same problems. Herzog has a unique vision that relies heavily on allegory. It does get a bit tedious. This is pure, undiluted, Herzog with all his favorite motifs…