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  • Running on Empty

    Running on Empty

    ★★★★

    Sidney Lumet is slowly becoming one of my favorite directors. His film, Running on Empty, is about a couple on the run from the FBI moving from town to town with their two kids in tow. River Phoenix plays their son Danny. He’s in his late teens and in the stage of teenage life where he’s finding out who he is, who he might be and what his future might become. He’s in his last year of high school and…

  • Network

    Network

    ★★★★½

    Possibly the most prescient film I will see in 2018 is Sidney Lumet’s 1976 masterpiece Network. It’s a film about a struggling television network desperate to gain ratings and more importantly television shares. The central storyline follows Howard Beale. He’s a news anchor on the cusp of a forced retirement who goes on air and proclaims he will commit suicide during the broadcast in one week. This causes a massive spike in ratings and becomes the overarching through line for…

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  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★½

    I didn’t think a film about water and land rights could be so intriguing but thanks to Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski, Chinatown is exactly that. It’s intriguing. Jack Nicholson plays a private detective who finds himself in a web of lies, corruption and murder centered around the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Chinatown is heaped in mystery, corruption, conspiracy, murder, and a femme fatale all centered around the anti-hero played masterfully by Nicholson. After seeing Chinatown this…

  • The Fog

    The Fog

    Starting off my 31 days of October horror the same way I intend on ending it, with John Carpenter. Released in 1980, The Fog follows the citizens of Antonio Bay as a mysterious fog bank rolls into town bringing with it strange paranormal beings. Inspired by the EC Comics of the 1950s, Carpenter and his writing partner Debra Hill were able to create a film that exudes atmosphere and sense of place. One of my favorite aspects of The Fog…