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  • The Scar

    ★★★½

  • Skyfall

    ★★★★

  • Le Corbeau

    ★★★★

  • Quantum of Solace

    ★★★½

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  • The Scar

    The Scar

    ★★★½

    Kieslowski's narrative feature debut Blizna is not a defining film in what would eventually come to be known as his signature metaphysical style, but rather it's closer to the documentary films that were prominent in his early career. The movie is very political and looks at a land dispute between a large corporation and a small town and uses this seemingly simple story to cast a grand allegory on the nature of free will that is missing within Poland's communist…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★

    Though I've come down a bit on SF, this is still a great entry into the Bond cannon that takes chances with the character and mythology without straying too far from the history of the franchise. Silva's plot conveniences really stuck out for me this time and the weird retconning of the Craig era with classic Bond history is jarring and feels a bit like backpedaling. But Skyfall is nevertheless mostly a success, one that can still hopefully point towards…

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  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    ★★★★★

    David Lean strikes again! The Bridge on the River Kwai is a masterpiece in pacing, performances, and scripting. This is a war movie that does not focus on gun fights, explosions or violence of war per se, but the futility of it and the arrogance inherent in manmade destruction. Part adventure, part humane allegory, the film is also a deeply ironic portrayal of stubbornness and persistence. Performances are all perfect, photography is legendary, and the entire production is just suffused in an epic scale that only Lean that deliver. The film is cinematic in ways that other films don't even come close to achieving.

  • Planet Terror

    Planet Terror

    ★★★★

    Planet Terror works because Rodriguez has a deft mastery of editing and tempo. The throwbacks to classic '70's and '80's zombie movies (think the cinema of Lucio Fulci) are clever and the film is a blast to watch. The gore is great, meta humour welcome, and action beats well directed. The film commits wholeheartedly to its sleazy, low budget aesthetic and is utterly convincing in this regard. Rodriguez assembles an amazing cast with one exception, the single one that pisses…