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  • North by Northwest
  • Citizen Kane
  • L'Atalante
  • The Selfish Giant

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  • Twilight Zone: The Movie

    ★½

  • Poltergeist

    ★★★★½

  • Memento

    ★★½

  • The Man in the White Suit

    ★★★★

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  • Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Segments ranked, according to artistic value (Landis' section is clearly the worst moral disaster, not just of this film but arguably in the history of filmmaking, responsible as it is for 3 unnecessary deaths in a helicopter crash on set):

    1: Segment four (dir. George Miller)
    2: Segment three (dir. Joe Dante)
    3: Segment one (dir. John Landis)
    4: Segment two (dir. Steven Spielberg)

    Miller's is the only one really worth watching, a sweat-drenched ride that doesn't let up for…

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★½

    So many million times better than "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" that I can't believe it was directed by the same guy - and indeed, it's often unofficially credited to Steven Spielberg as co-director, who also did the story and screenplay (in the same year as "E.T."!). The high quality production values and excellent child performances certainly heavily indicate Spielberg's involvement.

    No matter who directed it, it's a deliciously malicious satire on the impish sprite that had come to invade…

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  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★★

    I've read a lot of sensible, well-argued critiques of this film, decrying it for sentimentality, skirting around the truth (Oskar Schindler went back to his womanising ways after the war, for instance, as Thomas Keneally's book makes clearer), and for Englishifying the main characters. Smart filmmakers such as Godard and Haneke have attacked Spielberg for these points and even accused him of seeking to profit from tragedy.

    Well, all I can say is I acknowledge these points, am perturbed a…

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★★

    It might only be the giddy high I'm on from having just walked out of the cinema, but I think this might be the best live concert film I've ever seen.

    Billed as the "Black Woodstock", it's certainly a better film than "Woodstock": tighter, funnier, more exciting, and thanks to director Questlove (who's best known as The Roots' exceptional drummer) edited with much more rhythmic feeling for the music.

    The footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival that was unearthed…