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  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Fires on the Plain
  • Empire of the Sun

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  • Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare

    ★★

  • The Black Watch

    ★★½

  • Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★

  • Bad Influence

    ★★½

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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.

  • A Room in Town

    A Room in Town

    ★★★

    "My name will mean nothing to you."

    Whereas The Umbrellas of Cherbourg really seemed like no one was responsible for the heartache, it really feels like this film's characters just make really terrible, selfish decisions. It makes for decent drama, but mostly deserved tragedy. It also seems more contrived than many of Demy's earlier works. Poor Violette, though.