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  • 12 Angry Men
  • Annie Hall
  • Aliens
  • Taxi Driver

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  • Late Spring

    ★★★½

  • Gaslight

    ★★★½

  • Holiday

    ★★★★

  • Camille

    ★★★½

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  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★½

    A really lovely film about family, tradition and moving on. It's about a young woman who lives with her father. They are happy and content, but there is growing pressure for the woman, played by Setsuko Hara, to marry and start a family of her own. That's it. A nice simple, genuine story.

    It's refreshing to see a movie that is so simple, but explore these themes so thoroughly. There doesn't need to be huge stakes or major forced hardships.…

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    ★★★½

    One of the great psychological thrillers that is still incredibly relevant today. The way in which Cukor builds the paranoia is incredible and its no wonder that the film helped coin a new term. Ingrid Bergman does a phenomenal job selling her deteriorating mental state at the abuse of her husband. It's the sinister and intimate nature of the deed that is so chilling. There is something incredibly evil twisting a person's own psyche against them.

    I don't think the…

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ½

    This is a self-filtering film. The type of people that want to sit through a 7 hour, glacially paced, nihilistic philosophical statement are probably going to rate it highly. I see nothing special about anything here. It's broadly boring, abusive to its viewers (and to cats), and lifeless. Needless to say, this movie wasn't for me. For a certain film fan who likes their movies moving incredibly slowly and who has a lot of time on their hands, I guess maybe its not the worst thing in the world.

    [1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Progress: 570/1001]

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★

    What has always stuck with me about Aguirre, and why it grew in my estimation over the years, is the crazy on-location shooting and Kinski's legendary portrayal of the the madman Aguirre. I thought I may have underrated it when I first reviewed it, but on re-watch I am stuck on the same problems. Herzog has a unique vision that relies heavily on allegory. It does get a bit tedious. This is pure, undiluted, Herzog with all his favorite motifs…