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  • Apocalypse Now
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Citizen Kane
  • Heat

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  • Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure

    ★★★

  • The Iron Claw

  • Led Zeppelin - Knebworth Festival

    ★★★★★

  • Led Zeppelin: Earl's Court - 1975

    ★★★★★

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  • Porcupine Tree: Anesthetize

    Porcupine Tree: Anesthetize

    ★★★★★

    Fear of a Blank Planet (and Nil Recurring, the EP which shortly followed it's release) is maybe the most cohesive conceptual work Steven Wilson ever achieved during his time with Porcupine Tree. The following year he released two albums of equal daring creativity, Schoolyard Ghosts by No-Man and his first proper solo effort Insurgentes. It was a fertile time for his output, as his most well-established band was becoming increasingly popular. The album surpassed previous sales, reaching #59 on Billboard,…

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★★

    What makes this a classic film for me is the way this celebrates and yet does away with the mythology of the cinematic Old West as people knew it. And what makes it just as potent, is each character's motivations and how deeply these can be felt, sometimes from just seeing them in complete silence. There will never be anything in movies today quite like when audiences realized the tragic massacre of a family was spearheaded by someone who's screen…

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  • Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure

    Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure

    ★★★

    Watched with dad who followed his career from Notre Dame to the Chiefs. That made it more special then if I watched it by myself, but a little hard at times seeing his hero lead the kind of life I’m sure he still dreams of. But watching this, I got the feeling he sure earned it through the application of self he put into the game. Just as interesting to know that he also played basketball and baseball. Especially that as he always looked more like a baseball player to me.

  • The Iron Claw

    The Iron Claw

    I am in shock that this is being made. I figured the most we’d ever get is one of those Christian pictures, or something made by WWE, but uhhhh…I think they’re a bit preoccupied at the moment to even think about movies again. I can be as cynical about A24 the way people probably were about late 90’s Miramax or whenever you felt the freshness fall away from whomever’s work with which studio and for who the DP or who’s he…

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    More gratuitous than the violence are the constant reminders of how much this was a movie of it's time. When "breaking news" wasn't just a buzzword and used only for something as serious as a terrorist take-over, limousines had tape decks, and the price of gas was less then a dollar. This extends to some of the production details too, namely using real locations in Los Angeles, painted backings and relying almost entirely on practical physical effects.

    These things conversely…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    For something so imbued with factual detail, it loses none of it's entertainment value. Something I thought impossible going in, having previously seen a Bill Curtis A&E special on the case. What I hadn't considered was how a movie, in the right hands, could show how the investigative process filtered it's way into these people's lives in a way that something like that special could not.

    The approach that director David Fincher and the writer take here is to be…