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  • Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    ★★★

    This documentary about two men trying to complete their childhood goal of creating a shot for shot remake of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is both heartwarming and kind of depressing. The story of their ingenuity as children to create this movie is fun, and their continued passion for the project over seven summers makes sense when they dive into what their home lives seemed to be. But as they obsess over perfectly recreating the one scene they never got…

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★★

    This classic silent feature which one the "other" first Best Picture Oscar. The first year had two categories, Outstanding Picture and Best Artistic Picture. The next year they combined the categories, and retroactively "Wings" has been referred to as the first Best Picture. But People shouldn't overlook "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans." It is a film that is structurally kind of insane, but it is so beautiful to look at and is so well paced in it's editing, that…

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  • The Blob

    The Blob

    ★★★★

    One of those rare remakes that manages, in some ways, to best it's original. This movie should be mentioned in the same breath as "The Thing" and the "The Fly" more often than it is. It's a great horror movie with fantastic creature effects and some wonderfully gruesome deaths. 

    It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it has some of the best movie deaths I have ever seen. Really wonderful, and while it certainly has an air of the 1980s on it, it may actually hold up better than the original classic.

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★½

    Akira Kurosawa was a badass of cinema. "The Hidden Fortress" is about two bickering greedy and dimwitted peasants who end up helping a General of the war they just lost bring a Princess and gold back to their home. 

    The film is funny as well as dramatic, and it has great cinematography (it is Kurosawa's first film in widescreen). This film in particular was a major influence on George Lucas when making the original "Star Wars" film. 

     I'd recommend Kurosawa films to anyone, and this is definitely a film worth seeing.