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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

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    Film #35: The Shining (1980)

    This is the type of movie you can watch for the 50th time and will still manage to find something completely new that you haven't discovered before.

    It was also the first time for me to watch the heavily condensed European cut on DVD, which leaves more than half an hour of footage on the cutting floor in comparison to the…

  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★★★½

    "I can't feel sorry for the victims. I need to keep on killing."

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    Film #22: Angst (1983)

    Angst is an Austrian home invasion thriller from 1983 that became notorious for being banned all over Europe for its relentless use of violence. It's a masterpiece of which I have no idea why it was so overlooked and misunderstood ever since its release. Angst excels when it comes to interesting usage of cinematography and score; the eerie instrument…

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ★½

    "Whatever better life my grandparents had chased up Route 23, they never caught it."

    And now imagine a film that is almost entirely narrated in such a style, feels like it's been written by John Grisham, includes awkward flashback transitions and utterly wastes a terrific cast with misleading direction that turns a potential-filled collection of actors into a missed opportunity.

    This film has Ron Howard in the director's chair, Amy Adams, Glenn Close and Haley Bennett in the cast ensemble,…

  • Bullitt

    Bullitt

    ★★★½

    "I thought that, money didn't matter to artists."
    "It costs money to have a soul."

    Bullitt is the iconic San Francisco police drama of the late 1960s that has shaped an entire genre. If you loved The French Connection, Friedkin's wonderful crime thriller with Gene Hackman, consider Bullitt to be a warm-up for that film, especially since both share the same producer. It's questionable if The French Connection could have been possible without Bullitt shaping the path for everything it…

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  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★

    A James Bond Marathon: Film #8 (Live and Let Die)

    Live and Let Die is the first major deviation from the style of previous James Bond films. Granted, George Lazenby took over the role from Sean Connery with the expectation of starring in more than just one film, but with Roger Moore, a new side of James Bond is explored that appears to be more easy-going and charismatic than Connery's interpretation of the character. This also leads to a more…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

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    This fourth entry into the Mission: Impossible franchise feels like the closest this series has ever gotten to reinventing the silliness and adventurous style of global interconnectivity of the James Bond series, while also embracing a more consciously comedic tone. The stunt choreographies have become even more ridiculous and far-fetched, but it's all presented in such a self-conscious and convincing fashion that Ghost Protocol's destination of providing popcorn entertainment is accomplished smoothly, infusing…