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  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★½

    “Fill your hand you son of a bitch!”

    True Grit (69) may be a bit more clean and bland than my preferred style of western but man does the engaging story, memorable characters, and fantastic performances go a long way to make this hold up well. The highlights are definitely Wayne and Darby, the character dynamic between the two is incredibly well written and they both play their parts really well. Visually it is pretty bleh for the most part…

  • The Great Silence

    The Great Silence

    ★★★★

    The Great Silence is a top tier Spaghetti Western that does a great job at making such a depressing and at times hopeless story so engaging. It does drag a good amount and there are some annoying side characters but overall it’s a stellar film that delivers stunning visuals, a beautifully somber score by Morricone, tension filled sequences, effective moments of brutality, and one of the most bleak endings I’ve ever seen in a western.

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★½

    I was a little worried about Double Indemnity being underwhelming after hearing so much praise for it over the years, those fears were completely gone after the opening scene. I’d still say Out of the Past is the quintessential Film Noir but this is definitely not too far behind. It delivers just about everything you want, a thoroughly engaging story with one hell of a hook, snappy dialogue, striking and shadowy visuals, and fantastic performances from the whole cast. The…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    I want to rewatch this RIGHT NOW!