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  • House of Tolerance

    ★★

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    ★★★½

  • I Walk the Line

    ★★½

  • 4 O'CLOCK

    ★★★

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  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    Like the homesteader, we await excitement. Ethan Edwards is but a blip upon the horizon in the beginning moments of the film—a black spec getting larger—as a family gathers upon their front porch to see what heads toward them. As we soon learn, Edwards is constantly grouped upon the outside of society, his contemporaries, and even his own kin. He is a recluse, a mysterious stranger, the romanticized cowboy, but proves with his actions throughout The Searchers he is a…

  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★★★

    All of Hitchcock's trademarks are here; Oedipus complexes, incest, a strong central motif that ties to a greater theme, an innocent man on the run, rich elites discussing murder as an artful or comical idea, and of course, murder itself. Of the aforementioned, the rich elites discussing murder as a playful topic is one that Hitch was fascinated with but never made numerous iterations of. Out of his filmography the only true companion to this idea is 1948's Rope, where…

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  • House of Tolerance

    House of Tolerance

    ★★

    I want a macaroon.

    An otherwise sprawling yet inward look at the life of prostitutes during the turn of the 20th century Paris. L’Appolllonide is dreary and meandering for most of its runtime, bordering a weird crossroads of parity when the prostitutes themselves are bored and zapped out of their minds (who can blame them per the lifestyle). Hence when the aforementioned quote came along a nearly burst out laughing, when I know it wasn’t meant to be funny at…

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    ★★★½

    Hitchcock #51

    In 1955, Alfred Hitchcock put his morbid humor out on display in one of his biggest flops The Trouble With Harry. That flop is fascinating commentary on the fragility of life, and in many ways, tackles the subject better than any other film Hitchcock would do regarding murder in its more provocative ways. The comedy surrounding the corpse is a catalyst for the biting observations of marriage, viewed through its various stages. The sweet punchline of Harry does…

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

    Nicolas Cage #54

    We don’t get a lot of things to care about.

    Is the line that has lived rent free in my head since I watched Michael Swarnoski’s debut feature film. Pig is Nicolas Cage at his most subdued and most utterly transfixing in years, potentially his most electric showing of his career rounded out with grizzled grunts and weary glares. Robin Feld is as lived in a character as we have known in cinema and Cage makes him…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

    For my buddy, Rolf. Cheers dude!

    Michael Mann (at least in the 80s and up to Mohicans) has this style that strictly oozes confidence with an undeniable ear and eye for matching picture with sound, particularly music. It’s not quite like a music video. There’s negative space and patience with an underlying chaotic energy. The composition of a scene in Thief is layered with city lights and bar signs bleeding onto cars, melting into city street puddles, or twinkling in the…