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  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Pig
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  • Hard Eight

    ★★★½

  • Night and the City

    ★★★★

  • Crash

    ★★★½

  • American Gigolo

    ★★★

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    This is my 4th watch since this came out. I didn't plan to watch it so frequently, despite loving it a lot, but there was always one reason or another that made me check it out. This time it was because I just read the novelization, so I wanted to see this while the book was fresh in my mind.

    I think it is safe to say that this is one of the most expensive pieces of fan fiction ever…

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★½

    Hurt like a bastard.

    As per my LB diary, I last saw this on April 19th, 2015. Which would be 5 days after the Justified (itself based on Elmore Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole) series finale. I mention that because that is how I came about to know this movie: it was featured in the finale. I immediately looked it up. I found out that Elmore Leonard loved George V. Higgins and especially this book (which Leonard called the…

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  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★½

    Just completing my PTA filmography.

    What a quaint little crime character drama in the vein of The Cooler or A History of Violence. PTA is playing on a much smaller scope than what he would become known for, but a lot of his signature elements are already present here: surrogate father-son relationship, sweeping camera moves especially tracking shots following a character from over the shoulder, a mood-setting soundtrack, etc. Really enjoyed this overall, especially how small scale it was, in…

  • Night and the City

    Night and the City

    ★★★★

    Gene Tierney is given little to do, but overall a terrific American noir set in post-war London, centering on a conman, Harry Fabian (a brilliant Richard Widmark), whose wheeling and dealing gets out of hand and lands him in hot water, all the while destroying his relationship with his girlfriend who wants him to stop being a conman.

    It's a simple enough set-up, but terrific plotting, great acting and some neat cinematography of post-war London elevate this. Incredibly rich character…

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  • Kill Your Darlings

    Kill Your Darlings

    ★★★½

    Dane DeHaan. This kid has a bright future, if he keeps making good choices. I didn't think anything could make me want to see The Amazing Spider Man 2, but now I am looking forward to it due to DeHaan's presence.

    Anywho, he is not the only star of the movie. A rendition of the origins of Beat Era, this has a who's who of literary names: Allen Ginsberg (who takes the centre stage here with a tremendous performance from…

  • Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    ★★½

    The biggest takeaway I had from this movie was that it's been ages since I listened to Nothing Else Matters. Maybe Metallica's best song ... ? It always tickled me that all these great hard rock/heavy metal bands with their rock'n'roll songs, but the ones that stuck with me the most were probably their power ballads: this, Soldier of Fortune, Love Bites, Stairway to Heaven, Wild Horses ... the list is long, and irrelevant ...

    Anyway, this is like a…