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  • GoodFellas
  • The Godfather
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • The Conformist

    ★★★½

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ★★★½

  • Country Music

    ★★★★

  • The Color of Money

    ★★★★½

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  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★½

    Reading the IMDB description of The Conformist (“A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident”) and I cannot be struck by how inadequate it feels. This is not a film that I think about in terms of what it was about but more how it was about.

    Gene Siskel said in his review of the film, “if you are looking for fashion and furnishing hints,…

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ★★★½

    Given Clint Eastwood's acting style and directorial approach, it's not a surprise that a movie like this is so lean and direct. There is more complexity to the story than one might expect--that our protagonist fights on the side of the confederates (or, more relevant, that the evil in the movie, the men who kill Josey's family, are on the side of the Union). I was expecting basically Dirty Harry in the west and the film isn't quite that.

    The…

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  • Platoon

    Platoon

    ★★★★½

    On its own, this would be a pretty good film about the horror of the Vietnam War. Stone's script does trend towards the preachy at times and there are some effects and shots that feel really dated. But the nature of the Vietnam conflict probably calls for that kind of preaching. It necessitates a heavy handed-ness because of how truly awful and senseless all that death was.

    Sheen and Berenger give strong performances. Sheen's naïveté sometimes came off as overwrought…

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    ★★★★½

    An outstanding film in many ways, from the performances of Taylor and Burton to the direction, but I also think this is an excellent and perfect adaptation of a play where the film does things that you can't do on stage but also stays remarkably true to the source material. Also, this is one of the most intense and affecting films I've ever watched as Mike Nichols creates a mood that is so pervasive you don't move out of it even after the film is over. It's intense, it's terrifying and, again, features amazing performances by Burton and Taylor.