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  • Texas, Adios

    Texas, Adios

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Though I preferred Django (another Spaghetti Western starring Franco Nero) in terms of tone, characterization, and action, Texas, Adios on its own is a fine example of the genre. Plot is secondary, existing merely to hang together a few hard hitting, excellent 1960's action scenes onto and in that regard the film is a success. A lot of the times the film plays out pretty conventionally (mostly in musical choices) except with the violence, which is pulpy and brutal.

    I…

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    ★★★½

    I never know what I'm in for when I'm about to watch a Godard movie but I can say that I was mostly pleased with 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle. This is Godard firmly in his political phase, where he makes entire films that amount to political diatribes condemning this or that aspect of Western society or capitalist/consumerist norms. In that regard this film is similar to Masculin feminin though I definitely preferred the former. Story-wise, Godard…

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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…