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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    Dr. Emmett Brown: Don't worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88 miles per hour, the instant the lightning strikes the tower

    [giving what he just said some thought]

    ...everything will be fine.

    Say what you want about how well made, good and entertaining today's blockbusters are. They simply don't measure up to this. Robert Zemeckis - Romancing the Stone (1984) was good, but you really hit the nail with this one.
    I'm…

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    This is the original summer blockbuster, and will remain unmatched. Jaws was a big thing in Norway too at the time, my brothers talked about it, and made their little brother envious. Because when it came out, I was a few years too young to watch it at the theater. My older neighbor however did, and I still remember him telling about the experience. He took me through the whole film and gave everything away, finishing it all off with…

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  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★½

    Still don't like it.

  • Calgary ’88: 16 Days of Glory

    Calgary ’88: 16 Days of Glory

    ★★★★

    You can say a lot about Bud Greenspan’s take on the presentation of the Olympics, but at the time a change was sorely needed. The low point was reached with the 1980 film, and bringing more personal and background stories into the mix was the right thing to do. Even if that meant a running time of > 200 minutes.

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  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★½

    This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
    The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…

  • Panic Room

    Panic Room

    ★★★★

    I think few people give Panic Room the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.

    Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film, a…