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Luke has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)

    CITIZEN KANE might just be the primer depiction of this truth in the world of cinema. Charles Foster Kane is a man from humble means who gains the world of success, material, money, power, fame, celebrity, and yet is left cold-hearted, empty, and alone. He thought that he could buy…

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Akira Kurosawa's 1954 masterpiece remains a singular work which transcends time and culture. This simple tale of a remote towns defense against unforgiving bandits through the hiring of seven samurai warriors is a case study in leadership, heroism, courage, and a detailed look into the very nature of man. One of the most striking realities being that the very townsfolk who dreaded the presence of these unpredictable and thought-to-be savage warriors are themselves culpable of the same potentially brutish behavior.…

  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★★

    There's an old saying..."absolute power corrupts absolutely." When a person is tempted by power, they are drawn to it like fire is to oxygen. Elia Kazan's greatly underrated 1957 masterpiece stars Andy Griffith (Matlock) in his premiere role as a loud-mouthed, braggadocious, winebibbing, country bumpkin "Lonesome Rhodes" who rises to national television demagogue after sparking the public's obsessive interest following the invitation of a local radio show host (Patricia Neal) to play guitar on her program. What ensues is a…

  • Das Boot

    Das Boot

    ★★★★★

    Director Wolfgang Peterson's masterful submarine adventure is nothing short of memorizing, thrilling, and a marvel of humanity and pain-staking realism. Jurgen Prochnow expertly plays the German submarine captain whose orders send him and his crew into battle against WWII Allie forces deep into British and Mediterranean waters. Peterson's master stroke is in the depth of characters, the superb acting and direction displayed, and the marvelous sound and camera work which puts the viewer right in the hot seat of life…

  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona

    ★★★★★

    My favorite Coen Brother's movie! The Coen's do their finest work when they are creating parables about fools caught in their folly (i.e Fargo, No Country For Olde Men), and this highly comedic tale of an ex con (Nic Cage) and his wife (Holly Hunter) who steal a baby because they can't have one, and the ensuing consequences that follow, stands as one of the greatest of its kind. Even beyond the outlandish attics that encompasses the majority of the film is the thought provoking notion of a fallen heart longing for something otherworldly.

    Grade: A+

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    Stanley Kubrick's masterful World War 1 drama is a triumph of movie making at the highest level. From the direction, to the writing, the acting, editing, to the exquisite production design, this is easily one of the greatest war films, and one of the best films for that matter, ever made. It's a about ethics in war, and the men (Kirk Douglas) who live and die to uphold them. It may be an anti-war film, but such sentiments are arguably…

  • Hoosiers

    Hoosiers

    ★★★★★

    Hands down the greatest basketball movie ever made, and clearly one of the greatest sports movies ever made. HOOSIERS is the reason we go to the movies. It's inspiring movie making at its finest. It touches the heart with it's honest and relatable characters and its underdog story. Gene Hackman is in true form as the coach with the past Norman Dale, but Dennis Hopper nearly steals the show in an Academy Award nominated performance as the town drunk, and…

  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility

    ★★★★★

    Not only is this my favorite Ang Lee film, this is hands down one of the greatest examinations of finding love ever produced for the screen. But the greatest credit goes to Emma Thompson, who stars and the female lead and adapted the screenplay herself from the Jane Austin novel. This tale of love in the context of thoughts verses feelings (sense vs. sensibility) is unheard of in our modern day context. Where this film sings the praises and virtues…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    We have heard that "war is hell," and Apocalypse Now might just be the preeminent statement on film to verify that very claim. It's a film, more psychological than visceral, that is as intimate as a hotel room, and as vast an operatic as a cavalry charge of helicopters. On the exterior it is a simple plot about the journey to assassinate a rogue army commander, but at it's center it is a decent into madness. A journey down a…