Manifesto734

Manifesto734

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I love film. And pro wrestling. And beer.

Favorite films

  • Heat
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Children of Men

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  • Shadows

    ★★★½

  • The Princess Bride

    ★★★★½

  • Homicide

    ★★★★

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★★★

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    They say that "winners write the history books," but the older I get, the more obvious it becomes that the word winners should be replaced with oppressors. Conquerors. Or perhaps more simply, pigs. But the pigs don't just write the books, they write the laws and policies. They are judge, jury and executioner. They hold sway over the public consciousness by exerting control over the very flow of information.

    How fucking tiring must it become to face that down every…

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    The Last of the Mohicans

    ★★★★★

    This instantly became one of my favorite films when I first saw it, and it has remained so for the past twenty-five years. My mom sat me down to watch it around 1996 or so, not knowing whether or not a thirteen year-old could truly appreciate it. Before tonight, my most recent viewing was also with my mom, back in 2018. A local, arthouse theater, which I ran as General Manager from 2006-2009, had a month-long series dedicated to Daniel…

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  • Shadows

    Shadows

    ★★★½

    I've been wanting to finally check out a film helmed by John Cassavetes, and what better place to start than his debut feature?

    I didn't realize until reading up a bit after the fact that this was considered the forerunner to the American independent film movement. In that regard, I respect the movie a little more than I enjoyed it. Shot largely with an amateur cast and crew, its unpolished nature is definitely part of its charm, and in an…

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★★½

    Family Movie Night

    My son loved it. My daughter, not so much.

    Wait, someone who dislikes this absolute treasure?!

    INCONCEIVABLE!!!

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    You can go ahead and give Riz Ahmed his Oscar nomination now.

    This is one I'd been eagerly anticipating, and my God did it deliver. It is a searing look at how a man is suddenly thrust into a new world that he must learn to accept, no matter how much he resists. A painful vision of confusion, fear, addiction, love, passion, strength and acceptance, Sound of Metal demands to be seen, heard, and above all, felt.

    Riz Ahmed is…

  • Homicide

    Homicide

    ★★★★

    After seeing The Spanish Prisoner a few months ago, I've been wanting to check out another David Mamet film, and I stumbled across this one on the Criterion Channel and gave it a shot. While I had expected a standard police thriller, Homicide offered a lot more depth and runination, resulting in a much more rewarding experience.

    Joe Mantegna and William H Macy play detectives Gold and Sullivan respectively. They're working on a potentially big bust when Gold stumbles upon…