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  • Gran Torino
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • The Apartment

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  • Wreck-It Ralph

    ★★★★½

  • The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★½

  • 3 Idiots

    ★★★★

  • The Medallion

    ½

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    Spirited Away has captured so many hearts because of it's rich animation, its strange aesthetic, and the messages embedded in its characters. To many this film is peak Miyazaki, and though it was my second anime film it helped to instill a confidence in me that I could watch anime films and enjoy them (something my immediate family never could do).

    The first thing that leaps out at me to talk about are the sisters Yubaba and Zeniba, which in…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★

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

    Definitely a film that makes you think. Cinematography among the best I've ever seen, but at the same time I think that most of the scenes lingered too long. It is one thing to pause for gravity and emphasis, it's another to be sitting at a crossroads, not moving and just staring at what is basically a slightly moving picture in a film. The sepia contrast images were just beautiful, and really the whole film is beautiful from an art…

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  • Wreck-It Ralph

    Wreck-It Ralph

    ★★★★½

    The film is a great way to handle the concept of cognitive dissonance while also capitalizing on the nostalgia of gamers. Ralph is incorrect about himself, as badness has been thrust upon him, but inherently he isn't that. His difficulty in coming to terms with his job stems from this inner conflict, because there needs to be opposition to overcome in order for competition and also for personal growth, but when opposition is from a person the situation changes immensely.…

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★½

    I can understand a little of why the film was panned and flopped back when it was released because the "opium of the masses" message really started to lose me with the scenes of the mother and the lynch mob. However, as a suspense film the movie has few rivals from its time or earlier. Mitchum at times provides a perfectly despicable villain who uses religion to reel in his victims, and then during other times he feels like he…

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  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★

    King Kong is so uncharacteristically bloody and violent in comparison to any other film I've seen from this era! So much death, carnage, and ripping apart the jaws of your enemies! The acting isn't bad and though the pacing stalls around the hour mark, the last forty minutes of the film more than make up for any issues the earlier part of the film had. Obviously the stop motion is genius and the special effects have had a lasting effect…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★★

    I cried. What else is new. Maybe if you’re from my generation, you can remember and empathize with how sad I was when Spider-Man 3 struggled enough that 4 never materialized. The Spider-Man you grew up with (because I didn’t have an opportunity to read the comics, other than the encyclopedias) was Spider-Man no more. Although X-Men is the true pioneer in this kind of movie, Spider-Man made it obvious that this kind of movie wasn’t just a one-time success,…