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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 12 Angry Men
  • La La Land
  • Brief Encounter

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  • Train to Busan

    ★★★★½

  • Birdemic 2: The Resurrection

    ½

  • Mad Love

    ★★★½

  • Under the Shadow

    ★★★★

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  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    "Will you take your hands off me? What are you playing, Osteopath?"

    "Well nevermind the European war, we've got something a whole lot bigger than that!"

    So many great lines in this one. Way too many to take note of. They are usually flying 100 miles per hour, and frequently the subtitles were multiple lines behind. In fact, there is maybe only one scene where nobody is talking for more than a few seconds. But that frantic pace is what…

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★★

    The Trouble with Hitchcock (2019 Marathon) #39/52

    "No thanks, I don't want any part of her."

    Most people don't start out talking about Thelma Ritter when they talk about this movie, but I'd like to do just that. Ritter is a vastly underrated actress, and she delivers a great performance here. Admittedly I have only seen her in five movies, but she was always excellent (The Mating Season is probably my favorite role of hers). Grace Kelly also delivers (as…

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★

    The Criterion Challenge 2021 #38/52 (Spot #17)

    For some reason I struggled to get much written down about this one right away, so this review won't be quite the same as most of my reviews. That may have been partially due to the fact that it is rated so highly here on Letterboxd (it is currently sitting at number 12 on the official Top 250 list), which I'll admit can sometimes make a movie harder for me to evaluate without…

  • Birdemic 2: The Resurrection

    Birdemic 2: The Resurrection

    Hooptober 8.0 (2021 Horror Marathon) #8/50

    The problem with these movies is that I can't tell if they are trying to put together a coherent product (and failing), or just trying to be bad outright. There could maybe be some humor in the experience if I could decipher which were the case, but no such luck. The first movie did provide a few painful laughs, but this feels like a lame carbon copy with no excuse for not improving on…

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  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 8.0 (2021 Horror Marathon) #3/50

    "Kevin, they're the ugliest thoughts in the world."

    This movie isn't explicitly about a relationship between a father and a son, but there is one scene in particular that really struck me hard. FBI Agent Will Graham (William Petersen) is standing in a grocery store talking to his son, who is confused about why his father had to spend time in a psychiatric ward after his encounter with notorious serial killer Hannibal Lecktor (Brian…

  • Samurai Rebellion

    Samurai Rebellion

    ★★★★½

    Well I thought I had seen everything a samurai movie could throw at me, but I just watched Toshirō Mifune (Isaburo Sasahara) feed his infant granddaughter her first taste of rice as Tatsuya Nakadai (Tatewaki Asano) gently held her. Why did they do this, you ask? So she wouldn't fuss when they laid her down on the ground and then fought to the death. That was definitely one of the strangest things I have seen in a samurai film, but…