Andrew W.

Andrew W.

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Favorite films

  • Seven Samurai
  • Hero
  • Brazil
  • Snatch

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  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

  • Marathon Man

    ★★★★

  • Menace II Society

    ★★★★½

  • New Jack City

    ★★★½

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  • The Hunger

    The Hunger

    ★★★

    Remember growing up as kids and setting fireworks off on your front lawn for the Fourth of July? Of buying the gaudy 30 piece set of fireworks for twenty dollars and looking at the contents, eager to set them off and enjoy your budget light show? Without a doubt, there would’ve been a dud or two mixed in the pack, an unfortunate reality but a reality nonetheless. No amount of looking at the packaging and imagining how exciting the colors…

  • Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice

    Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice

    ★★★

    Although I willingly refrain from using the word “charm”, Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice oozes style all its own, creating an unforgettable character in its wake and adding to the stylistically heady epoch of 1970’s Japanese cinema as well as influencing filmmakers to come, along with other notable film series such as Lone Wolf and Cub and The Street Fighter. Definitely not for everyone save for those of us who enjoy this type of cinematic gristle, fall in line…

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  • Klute

    Klute

    ★★★★½

    Taut yet supple, Klute effectively molds an effective and engaging thriller out from the elements of paranoia, manipulation and obsession and breathes it to life behind the fantastic interpretations from Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland; I’m beginning to believe one of my favorite eras of film is the 1970’s, and Klute is only helping to solidify that perception.

         Klute follows the titular character, who is a private detective by trade, as he travels to New York City to…

  • The Swarm

    The Swarm

    So that’s why we’re suffering from a bee shortage these days…



         Incredibly inane from start to finish and more bloated than a three day old corpse, Irwin Allen’s disaster (in more ways than one) epic The Swarm visits death and destruction upon mankind via one of its oldest foes, nature itself, and leaves us wishing for release as well, if anything at least for a change of scenery. It’s amazing MST3K hasn’t gotten around to this film yet……

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai

    Insert wistful sigh here.

         Arguably one of international cinema’s most cherished and important classics of all time, its gravitas and influence only growing larger and stronger every year as more and more cinephiles and audiences fall under its power, The Seven Samurai was the film that undeniably changed me in a cinematic sense, transforming me from an ordinary teen who liked watching movies for pure escapism to someone who can be captivated by…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    War is one of the worst constructions of the human race; at best deemed a necessary evil, it's an unappealing case study into the human nature, of the heights and depths it is able to achieve or descend into, and is frequently punctuated by individual moments of compassion and evil, of bravery and cowardice, on all levels. One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces out of many, Paths of Glory is a story about moments such as these, and ends with a…