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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    I was 8 years old in the summer of 1975 when my older sister took me with her to see this movie in the theatre. Needless to say, I was traumatized for months afterward, checking under my bed every night to make sure there was no shark under there. It's a great memory now, but I was in no way ready for this at that young age. I have now fallen into the habit of rewatching it every year around…

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★★★★

    A feast of moving images, brilliantly edited and beautiful to look at. Such a simple premise, a document of Soviet life, rendered in a straightforward way. I found it completely captivating.

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    A second viewing made quite an impression on me. I loved this film even more and I suspect I will have the same reaction each time I see it. I saw myself in the father and the sons, and it brought to mind lying on the grass as a child on the prairies, staring up at the biggest sky imagineable and wondering what's out there and where do we fit into all of it. Great film.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    A rewatch bumps this up to five star territory for me. After the first time I saw it, it stayed with me a long time, and kept popping into my head periodically thereafter. Now I can safely place it on my list of all time favourites. Beautiful in every conceivable way, from the gorgeous cinematography to the low key performances of the two central characters, to the wonderful way music is used throughout the film (I particularly loved the Nat…