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  • Rocco and His Brothers

    Rocco and His Brothers

    ★★★★½

    Several films came to mind while watching this film, The Grapes of Wrath, Once Upon a Time In America, Raging Bull, and Visconti's own White Nights. All of these are films that I love(with Grapes of Wrath and Leone's film among personal favorites of mine). This is a long but beautiful, and highly entertaining family melodrama that is a layered and committed investigation into themes of family devotion, but that devotion to an unhealthy level as evidence by Rocco's devotion…

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    ★★★★★

    While I believe Donen's best work to be Two for the Road, this is his most fun. It should fall into a category of films that include, Millionaire's Express, Hard Boiled, Mad Max Fury Road, Dragons Forever, or Die Hard, where immediately after the movie was over I wanted to watch it again. An incredible work of art that had me smiling and laughing throughout the whole time(the only time a hurt face is a good thing). From energetic numbers, to physical comedy, to tender musical moments, it all just clicks. Oh and the tunes are quite catchy to boot!

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  • The Foreigner

    The Foreigner

    ★★★★½

    A first rate thriller full of great action and overall brilliant direction from a director whose an artist when it comes to the genre. Pierce Brosnan is extremely fun and entertaining. The film is a an all to rare example of a great thriller that rarely comes around in the mainstream nowadays. Jackie Chan who I am a huge admirer of puts in a brilliant performance not just with impressive fighting but with a subtle and haunting sadness that proves…

  • The Tale

    The Tale

    ★★★★½

    I was blown away by this film, I knew vague details about the subject matter but it was so unexpected so dark, unpredictable, and varying in tone. It's such a powerful look at such a difficult subject that it could be viewed as a sort of misery porno. But it rises far above that in the strength of the performances. Especially of Laura Dern who is one of the greatest actresses alive, whether in Inland Empire or Jurassic Park her…