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  • Gran Torino
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • The Apartment

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  • Titanic

    ★★★★

  • Gladiator

    ★★★½

  • If You Believe

    ★★★½

  • The Magnificent Seven

    ★★★★½

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    Spirited Away has captured so many hearts because of it's rich animation, its strange aesthetic, and the messages embedded in its characters. To many this film is peak Miyazaki, and though it was my second anime film it helped to instill a confidence in me that I could watch anime films and enjoy them (something my immediate family never could do).

    The first thing that leaps out at me to talk about are the sisters Yubaba and Zeniba, which in…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★

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

    Definitely a film that makes you think. Cinematography among the best I've ever seen, but at the same time I think that most of the scenes lingered too long. It is one thing to pause for gravity and emphasis, it's another to be sitting at a crossroads, not moving and just staring at what is basically a slightly moving picture in a film. The sepia contrast images were just beautiful, and really the whole film is beautiful from an art…

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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★

    I had planned on giving this a lower rating because during my first watch I was pretty bored. Maybe I would have this time around had I watched this in one 3 hour bloated sitting, but I watched it in two and my memory of the first half (the boring half) is pretty hazy at 8:30 in the morning. It's a very light 4 (more like a 3.7), but I have to hand it to the end for bringing everything…

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★½

    Circa ten years ago I would have easily rated this a 5/5. There are still great messages in the film, that of being a contained and honor-bound warrior for truth and goodness in a world that cherishes neither, as well as what we see are the driving forces for what people actually want. Whatever the current generation wants is what can enslave them, as they will be willing to give up all of their rights to keep that thing that…

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  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★

    King Kong is so uncharacteristically bloody and violent in comparison to any other film I've seen from this era! So much death, carnage, and ripping apart the jaws of your enemies! The acting isn't bad and though the pacing stalls around the hour mark, the last forty minutes of the film more than make up for any issues the earlier part of the film had. Obviously the stop motion is genius and the special effects have had a lasting effect…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★★

    I cried. What else is new. Maybe if you’re from my generation, you can remember and empathize with how sad I was when Spider-Man 3 struggled enough that 4 never materialized. The Spider-Man you grew up with (because I didn’t have an opportunity to read the comics, other than the encyclopedias) was Spider-Man no more. Although X-Men is the true pioneer in this kind of movie, Spider-Man made it obvious that this kind of movie wasn’t just a one-time success,…