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  • The Eagle and the Hawk

    The Eagle and the Hawk

    ★★★★

    One of the most fervently anti-war films I've ever seen.

  • The Landlord

    The Landlord

    ★★★

    This seems to be a direct response to Sidney Poitier films like To Sir, With Love and Look Who's Coming to Dinner, with both an interracial romance and a scene set in an all-black, urban school. To make matters more conspicuous, these films are named explicitly.

    What The Landlord seems to be saying in response to those films is that life is a bit more complicated than the perfect black man coming in to town and solving racism for everybody.…

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    This is the third or fourth time I've seen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and it only keeps getting better. This time was unique for two reasons: I was with an audience who laughed at all the right parts, and I was watching the original international cut that hasn't seen a home video release since 1998. There really isn't any reason the original cut couldn't have been included on the current Blu-ray with seamless branching, but I digress.…

  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Shooting a film in one continuous shot is an interesting concept, one so momentous that every time it's done it seems to draw attention, as it did for 2014's Birdman. In 1948, it must have seemed impossible. In fact, it was; a single film reel could only capture a little over ten minutes, so most cuts are hidden. A concept like this could make or break a film, but for Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, it seems like an experiment that elevates…