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  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Ran
  • Secrets & Lies

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  • In the Line of Fire

    ★★★½

  • Good Will Hunting

    ★★★½

  • Three Days of the Condor

    ★★★½

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    A determined but hapless man who thinks he’s more competent than he is gets mixed up in a crime, and everything proceeds to go horribly wrong. That's a plot hook that the Coen brothers have riffed on several times throughout their shared career, most visibly so in Blood Simple, Fargo, and this, their first film conventionally adapted from a literary source.* What distinguishes No Country for Old Men’s take on this plot hook from its predecessors’, and indeed from the…

  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game

    ★★★★★

    When you’re starting out on your cinephile journey, Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game* is one of the first experiences you’re likely to have where a film’s lofty reputation confuses you. I say this as someone who had such an experience. I first saw the film at age 16, when my knowledge of world cinema and filmmaking in general was still developing - to give you some sense of where it was, I was confident enough to say that…

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  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    ★★★½

    This is the film we have to thank for The Last Duel - sort of. Happily it looks better than it did in my memories, if not to the extent that I'm about to prostrate myself in humility like I was about The Rules of the Game. The script seems to have been what everyone went nuts for back in the day (anyone who was alive then feel free to correct me on this point), but I have my reservations.…

  • Three Days of the Condor

    Three Days of the Condor

    ★★★½

    Sydney Pollack seems to have dipped his toe in the New Hollywood once and subsequently decided it wasn't for him. A shame, because his one film that I've seen that fits squarely into the movement (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?) is a masterpiece, and, in light of the rest of his career, looks like the work of a completely different, much better filmmaker. Even Tootsie, which I love, can hardly be said to have a huge amount of personality where…

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