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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★★

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    #10 of 52
    The Phantom Carriage is now 100 years old, and it's still inspiring and influencing directors and writers to this day. If that alone is not a reason to watch, it was one of Bergman's favorite films that he watched over 100 times in his lifetime, and his inspiration for becoming a filmmaker. Charlie Chaplin considered it the best film he'd ever seen, and Kubrick liked it enough to pay direct homage in The…

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★½

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    If you want your dreams to come true, then you first need to have dreams. Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph)doesn't seem like a guy that dreams much beyond what he was told that he should want, and now that he has achieved it, he feels hollowed out. If he had ever gotten beyond job, wife, house (birth, school, work, death) none of this would have been a temptation in the first place. But he…

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  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★★

    "I'm gonna work you hard, boy! I'm gonna run you ragged!" -O'Daniel
    "Statue of Liberty? It's taking a leak in Central Park." -Cass
    The middle of summer, 1969, I visited my brother and his wife who were living in Kankakee, Illinois, about an hour south of Chicago. I was 16, and he took me into the city Friday night to see the Jeff Beck Group, who at the time still had Rod Stewart as the lead singer. Very cool show.…

  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★½

    After some major success in TV, including Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, and Taxi, Brooks brought his talent for delving into characters to the big screen with Terms of Endearment, a major critical and commercial success. You can still see the TV writer in Brooks here, especially in the scene where Joan Cusack does a mad dash, with just completed taped interview in hand to get it on the air just in the nick of time. The scene where…

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  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★★

    I don't know what else can be said about this, aside from it being one of the most incredible examples of cinematic art ever filmed. Part Italian Neo-realism, part Hollywood drama, great New York location shooting, fabulous script, absolutely jaw dropping acting, and an amazing score. I think it's safe to say that this is like the Continental Divide of American films. There's American films before On The Waterfront and American films after On The Waterfront. Everything and everyone in…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Is there anything better to a movie lover than a film that always engages you and never lets you down? There are plenty of movies I like and love, but only a handful that I could see over and over without getting worn out. Maybe even better are the ones that you didn't click with at first, but felt compelled to revisit, then slowly completely reversed your attitude on.
    I'd never read any Stephen King, but since I knew Kubrick…