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  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    ★★★½

    Bogart and Bacall have some really good chemistry despite the Hays Code's best efforts. it's cool that William Faulkner adapted the screenplay, but the plot is really tough to follow.

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★½

    it's a sad story and Guilietta Masina is great and all, but I just cannot for the life of me get into Fellini. good score though.

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  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★½

    which studio exec watched this and decided they should let this guy direct a Harry Potter movie

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★

    One of the perennial debates about the Alien series is whether Ridley Scott's original or James Cameron's sequel is superior. The fact that it's even up for debate should be a testament to the sequel's quality. It's undeniably bigger than the original, as the plural form in the title indicates.

    Aliens is the gold standard in how to do a sequel well. Going in another direction instead of trying to replicate what made the original successful was the right move,…