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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    "Cause she's got a great ass... and you got your head all the way up it!"

    Al Pacino, even though he became an acting legend for playing onscreen gangsters, is at his very best as cop Vincent Hannah in what I believe to be THE movie of the 1990s: Heat.

    Heat is in many ways a modern western with the relationship and evolving mutual respect between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro at its center, even though it takes some…

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    Europe has Homer's Odyssey, the Americans have John Ford's The Searchers. The movie is the essence of the American west, it's final scene the essence of moviemaking.

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  • War and Peace

    War and Peace

    ★★★★★

    Even with a duration of 7 hours, Bondarchuk’s epic War and Peace doesn’t succeed in capturing the entirety of the equally epic novel War and Peace. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie, quite on the contrary. When as a director you have tens of thousands of extra’s at your disposal, I fully understand the choices Bondarchuk made in amplifying the big set pieces – the Battle of Borodino and the sack and burning of Moscow – over the intricacies…

  • The Pride and the Passion

    The Pride and the Passion

    ★½

    Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in their respective roles are the same level of ridiculousness as John Wayne playing Genghis Khan in The Conqueror.

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  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★½

    “No! He still follows his warrior gods marching to Wagnerian strains, his eyes still fixed upon the firey sword of Siegfried, and he knows subterranean meeting places that you don't believe in. The German's dream world comes alive when he takes his place in shining armor beneath the banners of the Teutonic knights. Mankind is waiting for the Messiah, but for the German, the Messiah is not the Prince of Peace. No, he's... another Barbarossa... another Hitler.”

    Only Orson Welles…

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    "So they were turning after all, those cameras. Life, which can be strangely merciful, had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her."

    Sunset Boulevard might have the best script ever written for a movie. Having seen this movie now for a third time, I have come to believe that this truly is one of the greatest movies ever made. The dialogue, the cinematography, the dark, yet mysterious characters, the fun cameo…