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  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • In Bruges
  • Drive
  • Lost Highway

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  • Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

    ★★★★★

  • Speed

    ★★★★★

  • The Little Mermaid

    ★★

  • Clerks

    ★★★

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

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

    Francis Ford Coppola’s final cut, released two years ago, is the basis for this review. It strikes an incredible and essential balance between the lean yet no less epic theatrical cut that changed the landscape of cinema just as Coppola did twice before already with The Godfather and it’s sequel, and the parts of the 2001 redux that made this feel more like the languid hypnotic excursion it should be in my opinion. A very specific criticism I have of the original…

  • Pink Floyd: The Wall

    Pink Floyd: The Wall

    ★★★

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    I watched this the other night with an eye for just the purely cinematic aspects rather then to just bleat on like the PF fanboy I am. The music is undoubtedly at the very heart of this and I think Alan Parker had respect for that, in at least the fact most of the music used was in original sequence to the album and in fact most of the songs are as they were in 1979 and largely not…

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  • Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

    Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

    ★★★★★

    Foreword: This is a legitimate labor of love, and as such I am dedicating this review to Elvis Mitchell, whose love and inspiration for the films featured in his recent documentary in turn gave me some of the deeper language to this entry that it needs. The rest of which mostly rests upon all those things I have felt and continue to do in a more constructive way. Back then it was more a security blanket against the gloom, grief,…

  • Charlie Wilson's War

    Charlie Wilson's War

    ★★★★

    This has Tom Hanks as an agreeable sleaze, Philip Seymour Hoffman breaking windows, Julia Roberts channeling the horrors of Christianity, and Amy Adams. I definitely need to see this again soon.

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    More gratuitous than the violence are the constant reminders of how much this was a movie of it's time. When "breaking news" wasn't just a buzzword and used only for something as serious as a terrorist take-over, limousines had tape decks, and the price of gas was less then a dollar. This extends to some of the production details too, namely using real locations in Los Angeles, painted backings and relying almost entirely on practical physical effects.

    These things conversely…

  • The Color of Money

    The Color of Money

    ★★★★★

    This is my favorite Martin Scorsese film. A big reason why is nostalgia. My father played pool and himself was a fan of this, and we had a VHS rip of it in my house for years. I'm not a big sports fan, let alone pool, but the cinematic poetry applied here is never boring to watch. Defining performances from Paul Newman and Tom Cruise feel like the cherry on top. I still get goosebumps whenever I see the montage of Felson getting his act together before arriving in Atlantic City.