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  • Ice Station Zebra

    ★★★

  • Hearts of the West

    ★★★½

  • The Caine Mutiny

    ★★★★

  • Spencer

    ★★★★½

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    2021 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Suffocating. Pablo Larrain’s latest, Spencer, feels like trying to breathe with a closed throat. The pearl necklace around Princess Diana’s (Kristen Stewart) throat, her royal obligations, and the eyes of everybody, are acting like a vice, squeezing ever tighter around her as she desperately scans around for the exit, trying to loosen its grip by any means. Depicting three days, set at Christmas, as Diana is drawn to her past and the innocence therein, feels…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    2021 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Denis Villeneuve is on the kind of run that most filmmakers can only dream about, delivering hard-hitting and thought-provoking works while delivering both rave reviews and financial success. Tackling Dune - which threw even the great David Lynch for a loop - is a daring undertaking, a credit to him that it comes out coherent and thrilling, but exemplifying his talent in just how extraordinary it turns out in the end. An emotional journey of…

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  • Ice Station Zebra

    Ice Station Zebra

    ★★★

    The 1960s, Pt. II: 29/100
    Ranked: John Sturges
    1968 Ranked

    I love the idea of these big Alistair MacLean adaptations, but I rarely love the experience of watching them. Where Eagles Dare aside - it is hard to go wrong with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood trying to take down Nazis - the films he worked on always feel bloated and lose steam part way through. Ice Station Zebra is no different, except it picks up considerably towards the end.…

  • Hearts of the West

    Hearts of the West

    ★★★½

    The 1970s, Pt. II: 17/100
    1975 Ranked

    There is just something about a 70s film. As with many of the decade, Hearts of the West flirts with being a vibe film. Lewis Tater (Jeff Bridges) leaves home for a scam university, just stumbles his way onto a movie set, starts hanging out with some local Nevada women, steals money, writes a book, trips into meeting important people, and achieves his dreams. It is a wild, laid back journey that is…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★½

    Checking in at just under four hours, Once Upon a Time in America takes a long time to say absolutely nothing unique. A gangster film, the film does nothing for the gangster genre that could not be accomplished in a far shorter runtime because oh my God is this thing long. It just takes forever to end and even then, I still had no idea why it took so long. I love gangster films with The Godfather Parts I and…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

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

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…