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  • The Tree of Life
  • Schindler's List
  • Unforgiven
  • City Lights

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  • City Lights

    ★★★★★

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  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★★

    Not only my favorite Chaplin film, but my favorite "silent" film. Period.

    That last scene. Oy vey.

  • Pinocchio

    Pinocchio

    In my very short, very negative review of the CGI remake of the The Lion King, I highlighted the moment that the filmmakers added to the "migrating of Simba's fur back to Rifiki" sequence of a dung beetle pushing a piece of poop. I lamented that this was an appropriate metaphor for the project as a whole: taking something good and turning it into a piece of s**t.

    This movie's equivalent features Pinocchio stopping to inspect a pile of (presumably)…

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    (Note: the following review was written in 2014.)

    Most people don't know this about me -- not because I've made a secret of it (I'm not ashamed or embarrassed or anything like that; it's certainly not the stigma that it used to be), it just rarely comes up -- but I met my wife online.

    It wasn't through eharmony or some other dating website, but through the Internet Movie Database. That's right. Years ago when I worked at the video…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    For a while now, I have found Quentin Tarantino to be one of the most dynamic and yet simultaneously frustrating filmmakers working today. Dynamic because he tells stories with such passion, directs with such panache, and makes immensely entertaining movies filled with wit, intelligence, charismatic characters and endless movie references (some would say rip-offs) for fellow film geeks. What I find frustrating, though, is the fact that all that talent and enthusiasm is always in the service of shallow, empty…