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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • GoodFellas
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  • The Bridges of Madison County

    ★★★★½

  • Purple Rain

    ★★★½

  • The Italian Job

    ★★★

  • Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★★

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  • The Bridges of Madison County

    The Bridges of Madison County

    I guess if I was out of town with the kids for four days and Clint Eastwood showed up at my wife’s door asking for help photographing the bridges in town I couldn’t blame her for wanting to use a hall pass.

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain

    Does anyone give a shit about the goofy melodramatic rock opera storyline that provides this Prince vehicle based on his album of the same name the barest possible bones of a narrative? Something about him being a struggling (yet still somehow super confident and accomplished) Minneapolis musician dealing with various abusive relationships behind the scenes with some weirdly misogynistic overtones. This is just an excuse for Prince to do what he does best: perform some of the greatest popular rock…

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  • The Italian Job

    The Italian Job

    An early 2000s heist movie that’s a remake of a British caper in the same vein as Ocean’s 11 with lots of mini coopers going vroom vroom. Even though it came out after the first Fast and the Furious it feels like the kind of movie that proved influential on subsequent sequels in that mega blockbuster franchise, with its entertaining cast of unrealistically good looking people driving fast cars and pulling off ridiculously elaborate heists while staying comfortably in the PG-13 rating. A nice fun version of a dumb shiny thing.

  • The New World

    The New World

    Did you find your Indies, John? You shall.

    I may have sailed past them.

    God, perhaps one of the most devastatingly beautiful exchanges in all of cinema. A Malick masterpiece.