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  • Prince of the City

    Prince of the City

    ★★★★

    Complex, sprawling, morally conflicted, and without any real good guys, all overlaid with some very, very smooth jazz.

  • The Brood

    The Brood

    ★★★★

    Excellent, earlier Cronenberg which has been somewhat eclipsed by later works like VIDEODROME. A bit less polished and sometimes cheesy, and clearly without anything near the same budget, but it contains all the elements: body horror, suspense, lots of shots of mid-late-century Toronto, including the interior of the Metro Toronto Police HQ at 590 Jarvis Street, which has since been thoughtlessly destroyed and replaced with condos.

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  • The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter

    ★★★★½

    What a truly brilliant film. Viewed in its time, it might have been seen more straightforwardly as three young men from small-town Pennsylvania being thrown into the Vietnam War. But seen over 40 years later, every American shot, meant to establish the normalcy, the rough-but-honest background of these characters, is a glimpse of a destroyed, nearly-forgotten world. It wasn't the Vietnamese who destroyed places like Clairton, Pennsylvania, it was American business interests -- the same forces behind the Vietnam War.…

  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★

    The years haven't been kind to Rambo. A film about a traumatized war veteran turned into a franchise perpetuating the kind of values the original was meant to be against -- trigger-happy macho cowboys harassing a guy who just wanted to be left alone.