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  • Clockers

    Clockers

    ★★★½

    A good film to watch for the here and now, let alone the ‘90’s when it was made. It’s depressing just how relevant it still is, actually. The issues surrounding policing in the inner cities, the failure of the drug war, institutional racism and profiling; all of it is the backdrop for a Joint that does a great job adapting Richard Price’s original novel, with that verve and flair that only comes from the visionary street-smart lens of Spike Lee.…

  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo

    ★★★★

    At this point, I just assume Werner Herzog, eminent prankster, only did this movie as a sociological experiment to see just how crazy he could make the already volatile Klaus Kinski. Because the sequence near the end – ie. a practically-built pulley operation to get a massive steamship over a rocky hill in the middle of the jungle – is utter madness. Tag to that an eccentric performance by Kinski as an upjumped pauper and wannabe opera impresario, who wants…

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    One of the coolest movies ever made and a masterpiece of the crime genre, Michael Mann has never been better. Furnished with the director's trademark gritty urban style, Pacino and De Niro making every movie geek's dream come true with an unforgettable onscreen rivalry, intense action scenes that take you into the fray like very few movies can, and an amazing supporting cast across the board ... What else can be said that hasn't been already? If you haven't seen…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    aka When The Little Drummer Boy Met The Big Bad Wolf. A relentless, emotionally draining case study in personal ambition meeting the cold harsh reality of what it takes to achieve greatness. J.K. Simmons is Terence Fletcher, a beast of a man who runs his crash-course in perfecting the art of jazz like a drill sergeant. Fuck Mr. Holland – this is an R. Lee Ermey level of intensity with a baton instead of a rifle. Miles Teller is Andrew…