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Favorite films

  • L'Avventura
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Duellists
  • Das Boot

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  • Von Richthofen and Brown

    ★★★★

  • Drop Zone

    ★★★½

  • Island of the Fishmen

    ★★★★

  • The Real McCoy

    ★★½

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  • For a Cop's Hide

    For a Cop's Hide

    ★★★★½

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    Delon, starring as a Parisian private investigator unwittingly thrown into a nest of criminal vipers (and in an extremely rare effort behind the camera, as well), pays a labyrinthine and sincere homage to his mentor J-P.M. (the great Melville), references Aldrich, Hawks and Cukor (through his cinephile secretary and mistress, played by La Femme Nikita's Anne Parillaud in her gorgeous very early twenties), and inadvertently sets up the whole template for genre stuff that I adore, such as The…

  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★

    "That might be what is most difficult in life: accepting the failures of others."

    Ridley prologizes his thesis here with the dual rejection and satirization of the madness of the "righteous" (bloodthirsty) crowds, on one hand, and Robespierre's revolting utilitarianism, on the other.

    At that moment, Napoleon steps onto the World Stage™️ out of the fog of revolution, an almost extra-historical balancing force of nature, unbound from the machinations of mere mortals, zestful in all his many self-contradictions (Scott intelligently…

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  • Island of the Fishmen

    Island of the Fishmen

    ★★★★

    Island of Lost Souls and Creature from the Black Lagoon (seminal works of pre-war and post-war American science fiction, respectively) fitted nicely into a new costume of skin and gore (never enough of the former, especially with Mrs. Ringo Starr coming into play) and fused with elements from the 1954 Scrooge McDuck story The Secret of Atlantis by "The Duck Man" Carl Barks.

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  • Tale of the Mummy

    Tale of the Mummy

    ★★★

    Half Mulcahian maximalist silliness, half "esotericism tapping into Y2K paranoia" spookiness. Good double feature with Verhoeven's Hollow Man in terms of creature effects.

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  • Escape from L.A.

    Escape from L.A.

    ★★★★★

    "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

    Quite possibly the most misunderstood movie of all time; Roger Ebert for once got something right, by defending it way back in 1996. A parody of action films done perfectly, avoiding modern self-referentiality and constant wink-winks. Perhaps the first successful remake-quel to (n)ever come out of the Hollywood machine, as it deliberately repeats and mocks beats from Escape from New York (e.g. Plissken finds and rests on a random chair,…

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    ★★★★★

    "To wives and sweethearts. May they never meet."

    An absorbing, triumphant masterpiece that has steadily climbed and solidified its place among my all time favorites. Peter Weir beautifully translates the Patrick O'Brian novels on screen, creating a marvelous combination between the sensibilities and grandiose ideas of a David Lean epic, and the highest technical qualities and action of its day.

    If it weren't for the fact that Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany are well-known contemporary stars, I would have never…