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  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Night and Fog
  • The Cranes Are Flying

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  • Spartacus

    ★★★½

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★

  • For Sama

    ★★★★

  • Lessons of Darkness

    ★★★½

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  • Spartacus

    Spartacus

    ★★★½

    War for July 2021: Film 39

    "Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?"

    And with this I complete the Kubrick filmography, though I really owe A Clockwork Orange a rewatch. It's definitely the least Kubrick feature. I always love Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, and Charles Laughton, but I was really impressed by Peter Ustinov.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★

    "It doesn't matter."

    I love the class implications, but I'm less sold on the relationship.

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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

    How is this not mentioned in the same breath as Vertigo and Suspicion? It is the predessessor of both works, and it surpasses the latter. Rebecca brings Gothic romance to the screen with all the grandeur, mystery, and melodrama of the genre. A lesser actor would have made Olivier's character unlikable. Joan Fontaine brings both shy vulnerability and haunted seriousness in a role that could easily be stupid or weak. Judith Anderson delivers pure insanity. Definitely one of Hitchcock's best.

  • Jaws 2

    Jaws 2

    ★★½

    Hooptober: Night 12

    "I'm cold, bored."
    "You're bored?"

    Okay, I'm going to admit that I may have been a little more disappointed than I might have been because I was hoping for a Psycho 2. This is not Psycho 2. From the first use of the Jaws theme in the first scene as a scare to herald a shark attack, it just kind of felt like this one trades on the first one, not helped by the next attack being…