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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Nosferatu
  • The Night of the Hunter

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  • The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★★

  • Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

  • Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★★

    “See me. See me now.”
     
    I watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula again. It’s enrapturing… magnificent. True in a way few films are. In the absence of love. Only darkness and power will fester; if love can’t be met, they will grow to take her place until she is found. True love will stop at nothing. This much Coppola understands profoundly and profusely--- weaving seductive, sinful cinematography with erudite and electric direction and dark, gothic malefic willpower-- this is the stuff…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★★

    An enrapturing, shadowing magnificence hidden behind cloak of mystique and dread danger, just as its title character.

    To accept Dracula is to shed the mortal coil; to forgo objective merits for those that are supernatural, mythic, immortal. The issues present can be discussed. The film should have started with Harker instead of Renfield, a perplexing choice that kneecaps the protagonist; innovative and groundbreaking cinematography is tempered by relatively simple and bland tableaus; the final fight, one of the most bad-ass,…

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  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

    The #5 Greatest Film of All Time

    Beyond the heavy meditations and inevitable legacy, what is most striking about The Seventh Seal is how incredibly simple but profoundly purposeful each component is.

    The cinematography and editing are gorgeous and acerbic but ultimately technically uncomplicated. The narrative is incredible and economic, slickly flowing with ideas and meaning with absolutely nothing fat or unnecessary, and also completely simple and uncomplicated. The acting is stoic and clear but profound, and, even death's costume…

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★★

    The #3/4 Greatest Film of All Time

    Egocentrism and hubris are our only hope for a purpose.
    The arbitrary and the mad inflate men to only make poor decisions, delusional choices that only serve to destroy his resources, in pursuit of fantasy. It is the egocentric monster who survived through his delusions. Aguirre is seemingly mad: both insane and delusional; and yet he is entirely fraught with conviction. It is his ration, even when scheming and insidious with machiavellian power…

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  • Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster

    Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster

    Dean Cundey shot this film.

    Dean Cundey shot Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, all three Back to the Futures, and Jurassic Park.

    He collaborated fully and thoroughly with John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg.

    Then he did this.

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    Jesus Christ.

    John Carpenter was right, on rare occasion entirely earnest when he said, “This is the ultimate slasher.” Probably the most brutal, nihil-death kill ride I’ve seen on the screen in my lifetime from a major studio (excluding repertory). And beyond formal elements— a deft, angry, upsetting movie that has no interest in any comfort— this is the scariest Michael’s been, not in the abstract, but in the form. He has become like zombie Jason, a walking tombstone whose…