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  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Forrest Gump
  • High Fidelity
  • Jurassic Park

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★

  • Only Yesterday

    ★★★★

  • Hustle

    ★★★★

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★

    A film by Joel and Ethan Coen is always something to look forward to. That Netflix allowed the famous brothers to make a film and gave them a free hand in it makes it even more interesting. The results is an anthology of six stories, all set in the Old West and highlighting an aspect of life in the Wild West.

    “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” has a book as a window for the narratives. An unknown person opens the…

  • Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday

    Within the acclaimed animation studio Studio Ghibli are the best known and most acclaimed films of director Hayao Miyazaki. Lesser known films are the often more experimental films of celebrated filmmaker Isao Takahata. Of these, “Only Yesterday” is a fascinating examination of memories of the past and their impact on the future.

    1982 and 27 years old, office worker Taeko Okajima spends her vacation ways from the noise of Tokyo to help harvest safflower crops on rural Yamagata. Such a…

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  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★★

    In Shawshank prison, the inmates are doing serious time. Through the eyes of prisoner Red, we follow the story of Andy Dufresne who comes to Shawshank in 1947 for murdering his wife and her lover. Red and Andy become friends. Based on a story by Stephen King, the life in prison is a metaphor to real society. The prisoners settle for a life at Shawshank, they stop dreaming so nothing can get worse than it already is. The big guys…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★½

    Film # 10 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge
    Task # 19: A film featuring twins or conjoined twins
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    In “The Prestige” we follow the lives of two magicians, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden. We meet them as they are trying to learn the art of magic. During one of their acts, something goes horribly wrong and the two allies become enemies. Everything is about the Prestige of the trick: what’s the other’s secret? How does he do…