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I can’t possibly choose only four favorite films, but those are the first four that came to mind.

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  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★½

    This was surprisingly good. I’m glad the film went all the way with the concept. However, it would have been far better if the opening scene had been cut, and if the derivative orchestral “hype” music was cut as well. Having worked in the industry long enough, I almost guarantee the music and opening scene were added by studio executives who felt the audiences would react more positively with an opening explanation and music to make the intense scenes more intense. Stupid decision, and even more stupid if the directors chose to do that.

  • Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    ★★★

    Some of this film was really good, and some of it was not. Much of the direction and cinematography was awful. Ang Lee would go from large sweeping landscapes shot on wide angle lenses, to poorly framed close ups with flat, ugly lighting. I just do not think he was a good choice of director for a movie about cowboys in the American west.  
    My favorite scene was when Jake’s character lashes out at his obnoxious father in law—impressive…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    A solid film with another perfect performance by Riz Ahmed. It’s a touching look at a man whose life was dedicated to one thing—music—but must completely alter his dedication due to deafness. Wonderful to see the rest of the cast filled out with actual deaf people, too. Not only does it give the film authenticity, it also places the spotlight on a community of people that cinema has often overlooked.

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★½

    Suppose this film paved the way for film noir.
    Suppose this film was pretty damn good, too.
    Keyes should be police chief in every major American city.