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  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Bridge
  • The Ascent
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

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  • Angel

    ★★★½

  • Thief

    ★★★★★

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ½

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  • Angel

    Angel

    ★★★½

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

    In ANGEL, Ernst Lubitsch presents us with perhaps the most proper and civilized love triangle of all time. Maria Barker (Marlene Dietrich) is the wife of British diplomat Sir Frederick Barker (Herbert Marshall). Sir Frederick loves his wife, but he has chosen to put all of his efforts into his career, representing Britain at the League of Nations in Geneva, leaving Maria feeling neglected and forsaken as a wife. Using the pseudonym Mrs. Brown, Maria travels to Paris where she…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

    A brilliant film and I have a hard time accepting that this was Michael Mann’s feature film debut. Thus might be the most 80s of all 80s films. THIEF is a both an exciting heist film and a captivating character study. Frank (James Caan) is an expert safe-cracker and jewel thief. He is not a good person, yet we cannot hall but feel sympathetic for him and want him to succeed. Frank’s story is about the American Dream. It’s seductive,…

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  • Indian Horse

    Indian Horse

    ★★★★★

    I'm a Canadian historian, so I already know much more about the residential school system than most other Canadians, but still, this movie was a heart-breaking, eye-opening experience for me. Indian Horse is one of those movies that every Canadian should see. I could nit-pick it down a star or so by pointing out minor flaws, but I'm not going to do that because this is a movie for the ages. This is a movie with a message that transcends…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

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

    Film School Dropouts 2019 - Week 13 - Editor - Daniel Mandell

    I was surprised by this film. Frankly, I was expecting it to be a screw-ball comedy, something more akin to Wilder's Some Like it Hot. Boy was I wrong. Sure, it starts off with a pretense that is ideal to launch as a screwball comedy - office romances and extra-marital affairs are ripe for framing as a comedy of double entendres, quick get-aways and quick changes -and it…