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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★

    Much has been said about the opening sequence, but I find it fascinating how it’s a mixture of realism and expressionism; of what it was like to be on the ground, and what post-traumatic nightmares might be like. It truly is an epoch in cinematic history. Every war sequence since is indebted to it. Spielberg really is a visual genius.

  • Bigger Than Life

    Bigger Than Life

    ★★★★★

    High on my list of favorite movies with social commentaries that I sort of have a problem with but don’t care that I do because the movie is otherwise perfect. I won’t go into my quibbles because I think this film can be meaningful and enjoyable without them in mind.
    I can think of three shots in this film that blew me away: Ed staring down on Ritchie doing math while his haunting shadow is casted on the wall, Ed’s…

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  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

    Nobody's perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.

    Never has a film felt so in-touch with humanity. I love when movies explore the lives of flawed individuals who want to be good, who want to make a better life for themselves and for their loved ones. “Days of Heaven” so perfectly does this, but in a unique way: it is a study of a character, but from within; from that characters…

  • All the President's Men

    All the President's Men

    ★★★★

    This movie checks off many technical boxes: the acting is superb (especially Hoffman, who has great presence and is never anticipating what will come next), the pacing is perfect, and the editing features built-up suspense during seemingly mundane conversations. The only semi-problem with this film is the narrative. Amidst technical brilliance is an overload of investigative information that, though all journalistically true and important, sort of overwhelms the viewer and detracts a bit from the story. To be fair, part…