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  • Ocean's Eleven
  • North by Northwest
  • Jackie Brown
  • The Third Man

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  • Ride the High Country

    ★★★★½

  • The Company of Wolves

    ★★★★

  • The Tall T

    ★★★★

  • The Westerner

    ★★½

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  • Ride the High Country

    Ride the High Country

    ★★★★½

    “My father says there's only right and wrong—good and evil. Nothing in between. It isn't that simple, is it?

    “No, it isn't. It should be, but it isn't.”

    One of Peckinpah’s tightest films. I think Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid and Alfredo Garcia are most likely my favorites, but this isn’t too far behind. It’s interesting for me after finally seeing The Tall T just how much Peckinpah utilizes what’s so iconic about Randolph Scott’s movie star image versus everyone else. Scott is…

  • The Company of Wolves

    The Company of Wolves

    ★★★★

    Of the few contemporary werewolf films I’ve seen, The Company of Wolves is far and away my favorite thus far. I can see someone being disappointed that this is not an all-out traditional blood-feast, but I’ve come to notice spectacle is not always the point of Gothic horror; a subgenre which I’m absolutely loving right now. At least not spectacle in how our modern sensibilities are accustomed to. Contextualizing classic werewolf tales into stories told by Angela Lansbury to her ever-curious…

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    If I had to describe Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader, imagine he riffs on Kurt Cobain as Jack Nicholson’s J.J. Gittes by way of Frank Miller’s Bruce Wayne. The moodiness of his take, as he and director Matt Reeves have almost irascibly described at length during numerous recent interviews, is more than justified upon watching this film; yet the movie has such a heart, genuine sexual chemistry and the detective aspects that have been missing from several previous…

  • The Westerner

    The Westerner

    ★★½

    Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan can only do so much to elevate what is sadly a pretty standard white hat-black hat Western. Even Gregg Toland’s cinematography pales in comparison to his other Wyler collaborations and obviously what he would achieve with Citizen Kane one year later. As far as these two famous “Judge” Roy Bean Westerns go, Paul Newman’s is (while flawed) the clear winner.