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  • Django Unchained

    ★★★★

  • Greed

    ★★★★

  • Merrily We Go to Hell

    ★★★★

  • The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★

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  • Little Murders

    Little Murders

    ★★★★½

    In this New York of snipers, phone breathers, roving gangs, constant brownouts, and 345 unsolved homicides, Alfred Chamberlain (Elliot Gould) has responded in the best way he can, he shrugs and tries to avoid it; apathy is his armor. When he is rescued from a seemingly daily beating by Patsy (Marcia Rodd) he doesn't bother to thank her, or to extricate her from the thugs, he just moseys away as though he was in a dream. This irritates, but also…

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★½

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    If you want your dreams to come true, then you first need to have dreams. Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph)doesn't seem like a guy that dreams much beyond what he was told that he should want, and now that he has achieved it, he feels hollowed out. If he had ever gotten beyond job, wife, house (birth, school, work, death) none of this would have been a temptation in the first place. But he…

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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★

    I hadn't watched this since it first came out, and while it's definitely entertaining, it also makes so many tonal jumps that it's hard to see it as more than the sum of its parts. It's a serious look at the cruelty and destructiveness of slavery at one moment, then cartoonish the next, especially in regard to violence. It also robs the ending of any sense of urgency because it ends 30 minutes before the movie actually ends. As a…

  • Greed

    Greed

    ★★★★

    Sorry to be such a Philistine, but if this is the holy grail of cinema I'll drink from another cup. Four hours was more than I wanted, but nine and a half hours? I don't want to go down as blindly defending the artistic sensibilities of Louis B. Mayer, but punching that ostentatious little despot, von Stroheim, is probably something nearly everyone in Hollywood would have liked a crack at. A nine hour movie? What balls, yeah, but delusional balls.…

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  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★

    I last watched this when it arrived in theaters, and thought it was a beautiful film with a fantastic score, but that a lot of the "stars" were distracting and that the narrations often sounded like Intro to Philosophy. They are a rational person's reaction to the horrors of war, but as much as Malick looked for actors that had the look of old WWII photos, he then has them mouthing things that are far removed from how our minds…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★★★

    Bogart's first real starring role, John Huston's first film as a director, Sidney Greenstreet's first film, and often called the first example of the noir style. That's a lot of notable firsts, and it delivers in nearly every way. I've honestly seen reviews where the limitations of the plot are somehow the main concern. The plot is barely worth mentioning; the movie is about the characters, their interactions, the dialog, and the constant flow of activity. Worrying about who or…