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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • A Clockwork Orange

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  • Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed

    ★★★½

  • Misery

    ★★★★½

  • Traffic in King's Road, Chelsea

    ★★★

  • A Blueprint for Murder

    ★★★

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  • Hollywood

    Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Hey You, person who considers themselves a serious student on the subject of cinema. This documentary series is 100% required viewing.

    "But I'm not really interested in silent films."

    Hollywood is so much bigger than that. It's about the creation of an entire art form. See, that first generation of filmmakers had almost no idea what they were doing, and they were making up the foundations of all the important jobs we still have in filmmaking on the fly.

    You…

  • Big Time

    Big Time

    ★★★★★

    The movie opens with Tom Waits waking up in bed on New Year's Eve, sitting up and casually getting all ready for the big night ahead, then rolling over and going back to bed. What follows could be described as Waits' arthouse dream about a guy named Frank, as in Frank's Wild Years, which is a play and accompanying soundtrack Waits put out, but also a term that came to encompass most of his musical output from 1982 till, well,…

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  • Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed

    Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed

    ★★★½

    As the web of crime spun by Fantômas grows larger (with him and his gang engaging in an ever-widening variety of antisocial activities) Part Three of this serial establishes that these criminal actions aren't coming from a place of greed as much as they are a sick compulsion. Fantômas just really likes seeing the terror, suffering, and confusion his sharp intellect creates. His criminal plots are so far-reaching and elaborate that he's now a borderline Keyser Söze that could very…

  • Misery

    Misery

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rob Reiner's Misery could've been so much darker. It could've been so much more about pain and neglect and addiction and extended hours of just hellish torture. In other words, it could've been more like the Stephen King novel on which it is based. Instead it's more of a thriller-as-comedy, with Reiner reining in the actual misery and opting instead for good rhythm & energy.

    But since audience members still generally enjoy things they find humorous more than things they find…

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  • Manos: The Hands of Fate

    Manos: The Hands of Fate

    ★★★★★

    You people giving The Room half a star and being like "how could a movie possibly be any worse?" You haven't even begun to gaze into the abyss.

    I like my bad movies looking like they were found in a box that was home to a family of possums living under a leaky sink at a drive-in that's been closed for 40 years.

    I like my bad movies to have a musical score that sounds like a cheap bootleg of…

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★★

    The very first shot of Jim and Andy is of a now gray-bearded 55-year-old Jim Carrey, and it feels like he's playing a character. Is this Old Jim we're seeing? Or Documentary Jim? Or are we just so used to Some Character Jim that we don't recognize the real him when we see it? Or even more disconcerting: did Real Jim get tossed aside somewhere along the road to the fame he now enjoys, possibly lost in the funhouse that…