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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★

    It's definitely Coen brothers at their best in terms of control of the narrative they want to tell and framing of the story. But to me, it was a little too even. Everything goes along on a similar pace, owing at least partially to the complete lack of score. Characters go in and out of the story so swiftly they don't have an opportunity to leave much of an impact, save for Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones who are incredible in their roles.

    There were also so many similarities to Raising Arizona, my personal favorite Coen film. But it didnt hit me the same way.

  • The Freshman

    The Freshman

    ★★★½

    Can't believe I never heard of this movie until it was mentioned on Unspooled. It's so strange to have a parody that uses the same actor for the central figure, shows clips from the sequel, and then every other piece of comedy comes from much more tangential references and a silly lizard chase scene. Definitely uneven, but totally worth it for the scenes with Brando and Benedict's hilarious professor character.

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  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★

    Really a film like only Spielberg could do. Powerful. A few nitpicks would be that I would have liked more signs of the heroism of the Jews that history shows they had in the ghettos and camps. I also wish he didn't choose to switch languages, it kind of took me out of it. Still is a wonderful film to show to high school students and above to teach at least one perspective of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

  • Grosse Pointe Blank

    Grosse Pointe Blank

    ★★★★½

    Very funny, nice to see all the Cusack siblings. Minnie Driver and Dan Akyroyd were great too. And loved the soundtrack!