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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

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    "You claim that I am sent by the Devil. It's not true."

    What more can I say that hasn't already been said? The Passion of Joan of Arc is a transcendent treasure of cinema, akin to a spiritual experience put to film. The delicateness of the visuals combined with the intense emotional payoffs in this movie are staggering and immensely rewarding. Carl Theodor Dreyer was so ahead of his time in…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    2018 — Ranked

    "Gucci!"

    Unflinching in many ways and honest overall, Eighth Grade is a timely and potentially generation-defining film in the tradition of a Rebel Without a Cause and The Breakfast Club in terms of the way it captures the psyche of teenagers and the uncertainty of transition during adolescence. As someone who works in middle school education, the film struck me as true pertaining to feelings and anxieties teenagers face, especially when transitioning to high school. Not only…

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    "You've always been the caretaker. I should know sir - I've always been here."

    Film #4 in Hoop-Tober

    Seriously, though, if a guy tells you some place is built on top of an Indian burial ground, that's a dealbreaker as far as staying there for ANY length of time!

    This is my pick for the greatest horror film of all time. It firmly resides in my top 20 favorite movies of all time and I enjoy it at least a…

  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    My Top 100 Movies of All Time
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    "I don't wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you're standing in my way, one way or the other, you're gettin' outta my way."

    A motley crew of, um, colorful personalities set out on a diamond heist that goes terribly wrong. Who set them up? Which one of them is a rat? It's the feature film debut of one of my personal favorite directors…