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  • The Apartment
  • Ikiru
  • Before Sunset
  • Once Upon a Time in the West

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  • Pitch Perfect

    ★★★½

  • Little Caesar

    ★★★½

  • Scarface

    ★★★★

  • From Russia with Love

    ★★★★

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  • Pitch Perfect

    Pitch Perfect

    ★★★½

    Anna Kendricks character was right about what the Bellas needed, but the way she went about it was sometimes a bit douchey.

    Treble makers still should have won the final though.

  • Little Caesar

    Little Caesar

    ★★★½

    Iconic performance from Edward G Robinson. Made him a star. I had previously known him from good guy roles in Double Indemnity and The Stranger so it was great contrast. That voice.

    The rise and fall of the gangster. Getting a feel for how impactful Al Capone must have been on American crime and culture, but ill leave the proper analysis to the academics. Less interesting or challenging than the similar Scarface (1932) i also watched recently, much less directorial flair and syle too.

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  • Instinct

    Instinct

    ★★★

    Kind of like the Piano Teacher but not as good

    A strong first half and I don't think it's harsh to say a weak second half . Character decisions didn't feel true to the preceding events as the film rushed to get the main character to where it wanted to take her. But missed a few things in the middle .

    Still, it's challenging in a good way (my partner and i had very different interpretations of some facets), and also problematic in others

  • Mildred Pierce

    Mildred Pierce

    ★★★★½

    Advertised as a noir, the story of Mildred Pierce is a tragedy to me.

    Crawford's Mildred Pierce is a fighter, an entrepreneur, ambitious, intelligent. Self made. She is only undone by her selfless love for her daughter. And her daughters relentless greed and social obsessions. Oh how Mildred's self-destructive love saddened me. Surrounded by leeches. She is too good for the noir world she inhabits.

    Michael Curtiz seems to be looked down upon as a basic director (despite the happy…