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  • Trainspotting
  • Heat
  • The Social Network
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • The Asphalt Jungle

    ★★★★

  • The Card Counter

    ★★★½

  • Cat People

    ★★

  • 2046

    ★★★½

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  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★½

    At this point Schrader doing the "lonely man" character study is kind of bordering on self-parody, however, with The Card Counter he does try to freshen up the material. Firstly, Oscar Isaac's William Tell knows his limits, and happily plays into them. He is of course a man eternally searching for answers (this is still a Schrader movie after all), but he does also genuinely seem content with his current lot in life. But, secondly and more crucially, Tell is…

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  • The Asphalt Jungle

    The Asphalt Jungle

    ★★★★

    Certainly an early blueprint for the heist genre. The perfect plan, the rat-a-tat dialogue (I'm gonna have to start using Humpty Dumpty as an insult), and of course the inevitable double crosses. Huston's economic direction means he can capture a lot of the action, and reactions, in one set up. He allows everything to flow without the need for too much editing.

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★

    Paul Schrader would take a few years off from making another Hollywood movie after finishing Cat People and I did wonder if this is the work of a filmmaker who was burnt out, because there is basically nothing of interest or intrigue throughout the movie. Billed as a nightmarish, sexual, fantasy, Cat People is none of these things. How/why it garnered the reputation it did kind of baffles me. The first hour is very bland, and when you factor in…

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  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★½

    Does a good job of setting up why the eventual outcome was really the only outcome that was ever going to happen. It's honestly dizzying how many issues there were with the festival before they even let people into the venue, let alone after people started getting dehydrated, sexually assaulted, and a million other things that exacerbated the event. It was a powder keg, and they were so ill prepared for what they were about to unleash, and lots of…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★

    I've said it before, but a David Fincher movie is like comfort food to me. It's such a delight to just watch someone who is so good at what they do. Thankfully Mank seems almost completely uninterested in the Raising Kane debate. In fact, this has far more to do with Fincher's own trials and tribulations trying to work in the Hollywood system than it does with who authored the movie.

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