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  • The Manchurian Candidate

    The Manchurian Candidate

    ★★★★★

    PART OF TCM'S THE ESSENTIALS 2017


    Quite a fascinating little thriller we got back in 1962!

    It's hard to really talk about this film as it's better to go in blind, but all I gotta say is that The Manchurian Candidate is one of the fine non-Hitchcock thrillers out there. It's unflinching look at fear and paranoia is just as relevant today, great performances all around from Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and especially Angela Lansbury in a complete sadistic turn,…

  • Die Another Day

    Die Another Day

    Film #20 of the Bond-a-Thon
    letterboxd.com/martinjacob49/list/shaken-not-stirred-the-bond-a-thon-ranked/


    The Bond movie I was the least excited about rewatching as Die Another Day is by far the most lazy, idiotic, completely dull, yet occasionally hilarious in every way imaginable.

    This franchise has had its far share of dumb moments in the Roger Moore era, such as gator hopping, space lasers, the entirety of Octopussy, yet even the late great Moore admitted he was embarrassed watching a movie that involved invisible cars and tsunami…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Reviewing the Commentary #1:
    Star Wars- commentary provided by writer/director George Lucas, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), sound designer Ben Burtt, and effects director of photography Dennis Muren

    What I learned the most from this experience- Chewbacca's roars were provided by different bears, the lightsaber effects were provided painstakingly frame by frame via traditionally animated drawing cells, it took days for Carrie Fisher to get that hologram message scene right, Lucas' belief that Star Wars is not a sci-fi movie, his…

  • Minority Report

    Minority Report

    ★★★★★

    Film #20 of the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Hunt
    Task #23: A film directed by Steven Spielberg
    letterboxd.com/martinjacob49/list/star-wars-40th-anniversary-hunt/


    One of Spielberg's most underrated masterpieces, Minority Report is a visually stunning tour de force, with a brilliant, thought-provoking set up about the pros and cons of chance and free will, whether people will actually commit the crimes that are predicted or make a choice and prevent themselves from doing such wrongs.

    It's got a phenomenal Tom Cruise performance, featuring the likeable…