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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Tree of Life
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Heat

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  • Macao

    ★½

  • Where Danger Lives

    ★★★

  • The Big Steal

    ★★★½

  • 5 Card Stud

    ★★★½

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    Still a super impressive streamlining of Tolkien’s text. As I get older some it plays a little clunkier but about as good as can be expected.

    Character actor heaven, but I’m always impressed by Viggo’s performance. He morphs so easily from wiry wild man to soulful warrior poet. It’s really impressive. 

    I’m biased but I’ve always felt that early 00s cinematography, right before digital takes over, is one of the best looking film periods. 

    Nazgul weathertop attack and Balrog chase are 2 of my favorite scenes in movies. Lurtz/Aragorn showdown is still a doozy. Score is an all timer.

  • The Pelican Brief

    The Pelican Brief

    ★★½

    Really not very many pelicans. Not too brief either. Bad advertising all around.