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  • The Thing
  • The Godfather
  • Raising Arizona
  • Seven Samurai

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  • Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★½

  • Lost Highway

    ★★★★½

  • Mon Mon Mon Monsters

    ★★★★

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    A futuristic, industrial skyline reflected in a human (?) eye, the opening scene from “Blade Runner” (1982). Supported by the heavy, synthetic reverb of the iconic Vangelis musical score, the eye symbolically references divine power (Christian Eye of Providence, Eye of Odin, etc.) The scene is a perfect overture for one of the movie’s themes: What if humans scientifically created life? 10 out of 10 - my highest recommendation.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★½

    I haven’t loved a Star Wars movie this much since The Empire Strikes Back. I appreciate the different tone. Beautifully shot. Loved the characters, especially Jin.

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    ‪The uncanny performance of Jake the dog in “The Thing” (1982) is my favorite animal performance in a scary movie. One of my top twenty movies of all time. My highest recommendation (10 out of 10)!

  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★★½

    My fave John Boorman movie is “Excalibur” (1981). It features great visual storytelling (e.g., Arthur defeats a shiny-armored Lancelot - in the next scene, all of Arthur’s knights are wearing shiny armor). Ultra-ambitious to shoot this epic saga as one movie, though Boorman succeeds. The performances (Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Nicol Williamson (“A dream to some. A NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!”) are strange, yet excellent, adding to the surreal atmosphere. Superb classical music licensing. 9 out of 10 - highly recommended.