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  • Tension at Table Rock

    ★★★½

  • Fortune Is a Woman

    ★★★½

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    ★★★½

  • Paycheck

    ★★★½

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  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    Young Mr. Lincoln

    ★★★★

    Ranked: John Ford

    To play a historical figure of the stature of Abraham Lincoln is a daunting challenge for any actor, yet few were better suited to the famed President than Henry Fonda. Maybe not the spitting image of the man and, who knows, maybe he did not even sound like Lincoln, but Fonda exudes the quality that is most closely associated with Lincoln: honesty. There is a down-to-Earth nature with which Fonda speaks in all of his films, something…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    Seen in Theaters

    One cannot run from their fate. The path between now and one’s destiny is filled with choice, but the end result will be the same. Should they try to run, their destiny will find them wherever they lurk. For Prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård), his destiny was chosen for him by his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang). Through killing Amleth’s father, the King of their village, Aurvandill War-Raven (Ethan Hawke), Fjölnir took the throne and Amleth’s mother Queen Gudrún…

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  • Tension at Table Rock

    Tension at Table Rock

    ★★★½

    The 1950s, Pt. II: 88/100
    1956 Ranked

    Thank you to sakana1 for your great review, as it moved this film high up on my priority list. This is a woefully underseen film, maybe not an exceptionally original western - as sakana notes, it starts off as basically just a Shane re-do and comfortably settles into more of the same in the end along while pulling from numerous other classic westerns - but it is a good one. For one, there…

  • Fortune Is a Woman

    Fortune Is a Woman

    ★★★½

    The 1950s, Pt. II: 87/100
    1957 Ranked

    Whether as its British title “Fortune Is a Woman” or its American title “She Played with Fire”, director Sidney Gilliat’s film is not remembered by many. It is an underseen noir/gothic gem that finds the always great Jack Hawkins playing insurance investigator Oliver Branwell. Opening with an ominous shot of smoke billowing out from underneath a ghostly door with a painting of a majestic home in flames as seen from a nearby hillside,…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★½

    Checking in at just under four hours, Once Upon a Time in America takes a long time to say absolutely nothing unique. A gangster film, the film does nothing for the gangster genre that could not be accomplished in a far shorter runtime because oh my God is this thing long. It just takes forever to end and even then, I still had no idea why it took so long. I love gangster films with The Godfather Parts I and…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…