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  • Thirteen Lives

    ★★★

  • The Last Waltz

    ★★★★½

  • The Simpsons Movie

    ★★

  • Berlin Express

    ★★★

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  • In America

    In America

    ★★★★★

    There was time and a place where this film meant a whole lot to me. Big, big stepping stone movie if you were fourteen or fifteen and seeing this in a theater in the Fall of 2003. I count it as just the second film I ever dropped tear at in public. This happening to you for the first or second time of your life; it means something. It's visible evidence that you've completely given yourself over to a movie.…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    I had just turned thirteen years old when I first saw this film during Christmas Break, 2001. To state that it was life-changing would be an understatement. But to also state how blind I was to Tolkien, how blind I was to the production of this film, how blind I was to the hype, how blind I was to "Fantasy" in general, would be an even grosser understatement. I knew next to nothing about Lord of the Rings. Zero. Some…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

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

    Seeing this originally in theaters with my brother is still a memory I can easily recall. We were the only two people present before the trailers started but as soon as the lights dimmed, two huge burly black men walked in and sat directly in front of us, a buffer seat dividing them. I remember rolling my eyes with derision at needing to drop my feet from resting on the seat in front of me. The nerve of these guys,…

  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

    The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

    ★★★★½

    Visually stimulating in ways I've rarely seen before. The kind of film that uses every tool in the toolbox that was available in its time to bring fantastical imaginations to life. Truly awe-inspiring.

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    Plays like a Hitchcock film, if Hitchcock was possessed by a demonic incubus.