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reviewed Mulholland Dr.. October 07, 2012
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Mulholland Dr.
**** out of ****    After one has seen David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive", the word "Silencio" has become one of the most haunting words in cinema since those spoken by Marlon Brando …
reviewed The City of Lost Children. September 16, 2012
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The City of Lost Children
**** out of ****    The critics need to back off on this one. Real filmmakers do not make their art to please those who went to school so that they could write about movies and say …
reviewed Rear Window. August 17, 2012
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Rear Window
**** out of ****    **** out of ****    I don't recall ever coming across a house without windows. The window in itself is a powerful invention; often found in …
reviewed Kids (movie). August 17, 2012
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Kids
**** out of ****    Older generations look down upon the current one in disgust. They see nothing but kids abandoning dignity, self-respect, and innocence; in the place of those three …
reviewed Blue Velvet. August 17, 2012
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Blue Velvet
**** out of ****    In the fictional logging town of Lumberton, writer-director David Lynch has created an urban landscape pretty enough for a postcard. In a creepy opening, we see …
reviewed Running With Scissors. August 17, 2012
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Running With Scissors
* out of ****    At the age of twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself the sole child in the middle of a rough marriage. His father (Alec Baldwin) - an alcoholic - and his mother …
reviewed Swingers. August 17, 2012
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Swingers
***1/2 out of ****    Aspiring celebrities and golfers by day and passionate nighthawks by dark; the characters of Doug Liman's "Swingers" are perhaps the definitive male film personalities …
reviewed Batman Begins. July 26, 2012
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*** out of ****    As a child, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) was subjected to not one but two majorly traumatic events. The first was when he fell into the well just outside of his …
reviewed Deep Red. July 26, 2012
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Deep Red
**** out of ****    This is the quintessential Dario Argento thriller. Examine the director's entire career - down to every last film he's ever made before and after this - and you'll …
reviewed The Warriors. July 26, 2012
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*** out of ****    "The Warriors" begins with a particularly stylish opening montage that depicts several gangs - each supposedly handling no weapons, and each limited to about nine …
reviewed Blow-Up. June 14, 2012
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Blow-Up
**** out of ****    The very concept of capturing a single image taken from life and putting it on paper is frightening. A camera is a voyeuristic tool in the sense that it almost …
reviewed Ed Wood. May 31, 2012
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Ed Wood
**** out of ****    Often called the worst film director of all time - with his films also given the privilege of being regarded as some of the crappiest ever produced - it would seem …
reviewed Edward Scissorhands. May 23, 2012
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Edward Scissorhands
**** out of ****    An old woman with a raspy voice tells her grandchild a bedtime story on a snowy night about the strange, abandoned Gothic castle that rests on a hill that can be …
reviewed Do the Right Thing. March 21, 2012
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Do the Right Thing film poster
**** out of ****    It's the hottest day of the summer in an all-black neighborhood somewhere in Brooklyn. Residents search for beer in a blazing wasteland of heat, while others simply …
reviewed Fitzcarraldo. March 10, 2012
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Fitzcarraldo
**** out of ****    Some people can't make their wildest dreams come true simply because they don't try hard enough. Laziness is an essential part of human nature, yes, but who are …
reviewed Open Water. March 01, 2012
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Open Water
***1/2 out of ****    In 1998, an American couple - claiming the names of Tom and Eileen Lonergan - along with a boat filled with people went scuba diving for a good day; the twist …
reviewed Raging Bull. February 23, 2012
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Raging Bull
**** out of ****    Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" is a beautiful song. I have heard it in a great many films, because I'm clearly not the only one to feel its divine power; although …
reviewed The Messengers. February 18, 2012
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The Messengers
* out of ****    "The Messengers" is a derivative and boring horror film so utterly desperate to find a style that it feels the need to have a dull black-and-white opening sequence. …
reviewed Martin (movie). February 13, 2012
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**** out of ****    George Romero's "Martin" opens rather ingeniously with a scene taking place on a train. It is there that we meet the titular protagonist Martin (John Amplas); a …
reviewed Saturday Night Fever. February 13, 2012
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Saturday Night Fever
***1/2 out of ****    The world can be a scary, cruel, relentlessly depressing place; but only if we want it to be. That is one thing that John Travolta's character in "Saturday Night …
reviewed Mean Streets. February 01, 2012
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Mean Streets
**** out of ****    While he had in fact directed "Boxcar Bertha" and "Who's That Knocking at My Door?" before it; "Mean Streets" was ultimately the film that established the voice, …
reviewed Cop Out. January 28, 2012
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Cop Out
* out of ****    When the end credits for "Cop Out" started to roll and the words "directed by Kevin Smith" graced the screen; I couldn't help but cry a little inside. As a strong …
reviewed The Roost. January 28, 2012
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The Roost
*** out of ****    Consider this before seeing Ti West's first film "The Roost"; these times are not good to the filmmakers without the necessary resources, while they are plenty polite …
reviewed Casino (movie). January 28, 2012
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Casino
***1/2 out of ****    "Casino" is a fascinating film; in which there are many characters involved who live, breath, and absolutely love money, as well as the things that it can buy …
reviewed The Ordeal (Calvaire). January 28, 2012
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The Ordeal (Calvaire)
*** out of ****    It may not have the best story, or the best characters, or the best of anything; but I still found myself admiring Fabrice Du Welz's "Calvaire" a whole lot, and …
reviewed Reservoir Dogs. January 19, 2012
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Resevoir Dogs
**** out of ****    I've seen a few heist movies in my time, but I can't recall a great heist movie in which the actual act was never shown. So given that, Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir …
reviewed El Topo. January 09, 2012
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El Topo
**** out of ****    After seeing but two of the four major works of surrealist cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky - "Santa Sangre" and "The Holy Mountain" - , I came to a sudden realization; …
reviewed Coffee and Cigarettes. January 09, 2012
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Coffee and Cigarettes
*** out of ****    Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes" will either engage or flat-out bore you. I suppose the same could go for the majority of the director's other films, but I …
reviewed Inglourious Basterds. January 09, 2012
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Inglorious Poster
**** out of ****    The Quentin Tarantino-directed "Inglourious Basterds" is not much unlike the wise-cracking genius of modern cinema's other features. It's a one big old fan film; …
reviewed Moulin Rouge!. November 25, 2011
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Moulin Rouge
**** out of ****    I believe the first Baz Luhrmann film that I ever saw was "Romeo + Juliet". I viewed it in an English class after we had finished reading Shakespeare's legendary …
reviewed 300 (2007 film). November 25, 2011
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Special Edition DVD (front)
*** out of ****    It isn't historically accurate or relevant, and it's decidedly silly; but there's just something about Zack Snyder's big-screen adaptation of the Frank Miller comic …
reviewed Dead Man. November 25, 2011
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Dead Man
**** out of ****    As I write this review for Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man"; I am but two films in to the man's career, which has spanned a good few decades with the filmmaker releasing …
reviewed Mystery Train. November 19, 2011
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**** out of ****      For a film directed by Jim Jarmusch, "Mystery Train" is surprisingly accessible and pleasantly easy to take. It is an ambitious, episodic art film that recounts …
reviewed Carrie. October 31, 2011
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**** out of ****     If there is something more to thank Stephen King for other than his brilliant horror novels, it would be the often equally as brilliant films that they inspire. …
reviewed Friday the 13th. October 25, 2011
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Friday the 13th
*1/2 out of ****     I don't believe there's any such thing as "old fashion" when one is speaking of the slasher genre, although without-a-doubt, some might disagree. I bring such …
reviewed The Shining (1980 movie). October 09, 2011
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The Shining
**** out of ****     Some of the best films are the ones which provoke us to return to their often questionable realms for a second coming, not long after we've tried to - or succeeded …
reviewed Dawn of the Dead. October 09, 2011
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Dawn of the Dead
*** out of ****     As much as I love the original source material, Zack Snyder's 2004 remake of "Dawn of the Dead", a George Romero zombie horror classic, is actually a pretty respectable …
reviewed Welcome to the Dollhouse. September 25, 2011
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Welcome to the Dollhouse
**** out of ****    Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" recalls the sad, desolate, lonely days of adolescence; particularly within the Middle School days of our lives, also known …
reviewed American Beauty. September 17, 2011
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American Beauty
**** out of ****     Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is facing a midlife crisis; as many men in the movies have before (and after) him. He doesn't have a healthy relationship with his …
reviewed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. September 17, 2011
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
**** out of ****     We remember a lot of good things in life; that, as I believe, is given. We remember because we want to, and because these are the moments that ultimately save …
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