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  • 8½
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Rashomon
  • Blade Runner

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  • Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★

  • Jaws

    ★★★★★

  • Whiplash

    ★★★★

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  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★★

    This beautifully lyrical Yasujirō Ozu masterpiece follows widower Professor Shukichi Somiya (Chishu Ryu) and his daughter Noriko (Setsuko Hara) who is single and in her 20s. Noriko and Shukichi are very close and live together, Noriko looks after her father by doing all of the cooking plus general housework and the two seem to be pretty happy. Very soon Shukichi's sister, Aunt Masa (Haruko Sugimura) suggests that Noriko gets married and even though she doesn't want to the pressure is…

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★★

    This psychological horror was written and directed by Kaneto Shindo it's set in fourteenth century Japan during a civil war and follows an older women (Nobuko Otowa) and her younger daughter in law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) who live in a claustrophobic swampland which feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. Here they kill passing soilders and steal their amour and weapons which they then trade for food, the grass is so tall that they can easily ambush them and then…

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  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★★

    It feels like it was at least a decade ago when I last saw what I now consider to quite easily be Darren Aronofsky's finest film and it really felt like it was finally time to come back to it. This film hit me incredibly hard back when I first saw it and I never really rushed to see it again but am so glad I did as I've developed an even stronger appreciation for it after viewing it through…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Truly hypnotic from the moment it starts the way this utterly perfect film pulls me into it's intense grip each time only to fascinate and impress more on really every level makes it clear how timeless it's already become. Masterfully paced There Will Be Blood is a truly haunting and poetic masterpiece that contains writing, acting, editing, scoring, cinematography and direction that all merge together so smoothly and flawlessly. I originally wanted to finally write a longer review for one…

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  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★★

    Martin Scorsese had suffered a near fatal cocaine overdose just before this was made and the biography of Jake LaMotta was shown to Scorsese by De Niro during a hospital visit and that's how we eventually got this masterpiece. Scorsese is said to have felt this could have been his last film and it's intensity and rawness can actually be hard to stomach at times but it feels so personal and you just can't look away. The beautiful black and…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    This film is Based on of the life of T. E. Lawrence who was most famous for leading armies of Arabian tribes in military campaigns going against the Ottoman Empire in World War I. The film was directed by renowned filmaker David Lean and Peter O'Toole starred as Lawrence in one of the greatest performances I've ever seen in a film and I'll go into more detail with that soon. So it was beautifully shot in 70mm with such care…