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  • Vertigo
  • The Shining
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Satantango

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  • The Thing

    ★★★★★

  • Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★★★

  • Crossfire

    ★★★½

  • Act of Violence

    ★★★★½

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    I should have anticipated that, if I’m going to watch The Thing (for the 8th time) with a bright and inquisitive 15 year old (for the 1st time), then there would be A LOT of pausing for discussion. The experience took almost 3 hours, but my son loved it. And I'm proud to say that I have created another disciple of Carpenter’s masterpiece. You’re welcome, John.

  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★★★

    Cinema Paradiso has – and I’m sure this is no coincidence – the same bittersweet nostalgic quality of Fellini’s Amarcord, but whereas Fellini built his hometown nostalgia on dreams and fantasies and selective memories, Giuseppe Tornatore’s recollection of growing up in a Sicilian village feels much more grounded. The viewing experience is equally rewarding, however, because both filmmakers infuse their stories with such fascinating characters, and such warm humor, that you can’t help but get swept up in the magic of it all.

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  • Act of Violence

    Act of Violence

    ★★★★½

    Act of Violence is a quintessential film noir. That’s not because it features fast talking, gun-toting gangsters and duplicitous femme fatales. It has neither of those. Its greatness derives from the effectiveness with which it captures post-WW2 disillusionment and nihilism, which are at the core of film noir. And this film quite possibly expresses those conditions better than any other of its era. We have Robert Ryan as a broken, disabled veteran who has nothing to live for except to…

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

    This is an annual holiday season watch for me, and once you've seen a movie 4 or 5 times, it's the little things that you start to notice. This time I noticed how stylized the murder scenes were, particularly the one with Barb (Margot Kidder). It had the brutal beauty of a giallo kill, with the quick cuts and the close ups on the glass figurines, ending with the bloody hand knocking them over. And while this mayhem is occurring,…