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  • 12 Angry Men
  • Casablanca
  • Life of Brian
  • Kwaidan

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  • Voyage of the Rock Aliens

    ★★★★★

  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

    ★★★½

  • The Business of Amateurs

    ★★★★

  • The Great Escape

    ★★★★½

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  • Voyage of the Rock Aliens

    Voyage of the Rock Aliens

    ★★★★★

    Every so often, I see a movie that I can't wait to watch again, and that I can't wait to show to other people. Voyage of the Rock Aliens is one of those, and I'm amazed that I've never heard of this movie before.

    This movie has everything, it's set in the 80s with some retro elements (beyond Ruth Gordon), aliens, rock music, and a few other things I'm not mentioning specifically to avoid the spoilers (which is why this…

  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

    ★★★½

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes doesn't have any pretensions of what it is, but it wins me over right from the start when it starts putting jokes in the opening credits. This is the sort of film that I think benefits from when it was made, simply because there's an authenticity here that I think it'd lose if they could use CGI, which I'd expect if this movie was made today. There's also actually some solid editing used to make…

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  • Up

    Up

    ★★★★½

    If it wasn't for WALL-E having come out the previous year, Up would've been the major proof that Pixar could tell compelling story without words. As it is, the opening still does an amazing job with showing how much they could say without words. The montage of Carl and Ellie's lives together is done beautifully. This is also the first Pixar film that I've really noticed does a good job with memorable camerawork.

    The rest of the story I do…

  • Rock 'n' Roll High School

    Rock 'n' Roll High School

    ★★★★

    I'm very pleasantly surprised with Rock 'n' Roll High School, and I think that's because this has a rather good mix of mostly taking itself seriously (not in the sense that it's not a comedy, but that it's following fairly standard rules most of the time, this isn't constantly zany and pushing outside of a reasonable idea of reality), and then every so often it does something a bit more extreme, like what this does with mice or that one…