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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    Honestly can't believe this was released by Universal the same summer as Batman and Ghostbusters 2. Why won't a studio take a gamble on something like this today? It's a film that only grows better and more relevant as time goes on. I wish Rosie Perez had a bigger, less objectified part, but other than that it's still one of the purest, funniest most heartbreaking pieces of studio filmmaking.

  • Cisco Pike

    Cisco Pike

    ★★★★

    An end of the '60s movie that is a nice low key bookend to Easy Rider. As a failed musician dealing pot for Gene Hackman's corrupt cop, Kris Kristofferson takes us on a journey through burned out early 1970s Los Angeles. Along the way we meet his ex bandmate (Harry Dean Stanton in one of his most tragic performances in a career or tragic performances) and long-suffering lady friend played by the brilliant Karen Black. The languorous pace and episodic…

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  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper

    ★★★★

    Part of writer/director Paul Schrader's loose "man in a room" series of films that includes Taxi Driver and American Gigolo, this underrated gem finds Willem Dafoe as the nicest dealer of boutique drugs on the relatively mean streets of late '80s Manhattan.

    Gloriously dated touches abound from Susan Sarandon's angular, shoulder pad-heavy outfits to David Spade as a theology-spouting cokehead to the soundtrack by Michael Been of The Call that sounds like Marc Cohn had a baby with Morphine. (Dylan…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

    I mean, this is kind of Refn's peak, right?