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  • Two for the Road
  • The Swimmer
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Midnight Cowboy

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  • Live and Let Die

    ★★★½

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Falling Down

    ★★★★½

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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    When I rewatched the Director's Edition of The Motion Picture earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised at how willing that film was in making Kirk unlikable, and presenting the crew as having drifted apart in the intervening 10 years. There isn't much character work in that film, but it felt real.

    But how did I forget that Wrath of Khan does so much more with it? Wrath of Khan takes the flaws of Kirk and really explores where they…

  • Safety Last!

    Safety Last!

    ★★★★★

    I've wanted to see this for at least two years, and it was playing nearby in an authentic turn-of-the-century movie house with live organ accompaniment by Clark Wilson, a professional organist who's the first to teach the organ in college degree courses since the 1920s, and Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, Harold Lloyd's granddaughter, sharing with the audience some 35mm home movies with and memories of her grandfather.

    I couldn't miss it. I saw the organization setting things up was looking for…

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  • Falling Down

    Falling Down

    ★★★★½

    "I'm overeducated, underskilled. Or perhaps it's the other way around, I forget, but I'm obsolete. I'm not economically viable."

    If The Swimmer is LSD, Falling Down is cocaine.

  • Dr. Wise on Influenza

    Dr. Wise on Influenza

    Thank you Mr. Ben Model for providing a score to the BFI's online copy. Ben Model is one of the leading silent film accompanists today, and often collaborates with the Library of Congress in their silent era home video releases as Undercrank Productions; it's really generous of him to provide a score like this.

    Watch here.

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    This is the third or fourth time I've seen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and it only keeps getting better. This time was unique for two reasons: I was with an audience who laughed at all the right parts, and I was watching the original international cut that hasn't seen a home video release since 1998. There really isn't any reason the original cut couldn't have been included on the current Blu-ray with seamless branching, but I digress.…

  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Shooting a film in one continuous shot is an interesting concept, one so momentous that every time it's done it seems to draw attention, as it did for 2014's Birdman. In 1948, it must have seemed impossible. In fact, it was; a single film reel could only capture a little over ten minutes, so most cuts are hidden. A concept like this could make or break a film, but for Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, it seems like an experiment that elevates…