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  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled

    ★★★★

    Small drop in rating due to my own lack of nostalgia for classic John Woo. Doesn’t make it bad I just found myself less forgiving of the obnoxious sparkling explosions looking more like fireworks than splintered spark from bullet glances etcetera. Couldn’t get idea they were clearly squibs out of my head. I know I’m suppose to leave any sense of realism at the door with a Woo actioneer but it’s a constant distraction. Don’t get me wrong I really…

  • Sanshiro Sugata

    Sanshiro Sugata

    ★★★½

    It’s hard to fully examine Kurosawa’s maiden film without understanding the footage Japanese censors excised and made lame on delivery to audiences. There are many key scenes missing from the widely accessible Criterion edition. But after doing some research to find more about the story two things were made clear. 1) The full script Kurosawa shot from is available and can be read online. More importantly there is actually a copy that restores 11 of the missing 17 minutes reassembled…

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  • The Dawn Wall

    The Dawn Wall

    ★★★★★

    Im not sure if Im more impressed with the feat of actually conquering this impossible 3000 foot Yosemite National Park wall of rock. Or the decision that Tommy Caldwell refused to reach the summit without his best friend Kevin Jorgesen and climbing partner who was stuck at pitch 15. He simply wouldn’t take hold of his life’s dream without raising his friends hand as an equal victor. Only a few men in the world even have the kind of elite…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    Christopher Nolan has crafted a masterpiece of cinema. If I could give this 6 stars I would. 
    I remember reading Alfred Hitchcock saying something to the effect "as a story teller within this visual medium we have two chief responsibilities, to manipulate time and show not tell". If you could show it without words you are responsible as a director to do so. Or else you cheat the audience he would say. Not an exact quote but that was the…