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  • North Face

    North Face

    ★★★

    The White Spider is one of the classic books in mountaineering and helped jumpstart my mountaineering/climbing clear as a 12 year old. 25 years later and it still hold a prominent place on my bookshelf. I mention that because North Face tells part of that story. It's use of sets and location really work well, as does it's demonstration of a lot of the 30s techniques that these pioneers used. What I don't think worked as well was the human…

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    ★★★

    While I wasn't overly fond of the story overall, David Lean's atmosphere with this picture is excellent. The facial expressions, use of shadows and sound all come together to create a well-woven tapestry even if the drawing on the tapestry is a tad bland for my taste.

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    The score is amazing and the film is gorgeous to look at so already I'm sold. It's far less a narrative film than it is a poetic look at war and the victims not fighting. The war itself is replaced with nature (mist, rivers, birds), folk songs, and documentary footage. The aftermath of these moments are poetic vignettes dealing with various aspects of war. Just a great piece of experimental/poetic cinema.

  • A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars

    ★★★★½

    No need to comment too much on a movie this famous. The cinematography, score and Eastwood are all amazing. This might be my personal favorite Leone movie. The final showdown is one of the greatest showdowns in cinema history. Outstanding throughout.