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  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces

    ★★★★

    So, whenever I watch a film, for the first time, from many years ago, I try to remain aware of the fact that some films/movies age better than others, and some may have genuinely been exceptional when they first came out, but aren't always still so special, decades later.
    With many highly regarded films to choose from, to watch, I selected Five Easy Pieces because I had it recorded, on the DVR, from TCM. It was Roger Ebert's #1 Film…

  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★½

    At first I was struck by the extraordinary similarity between an instrumental piece in the film and the main instrumental piece, one of my all-time favorite instrumentals, You're So Cool, by Hans Zimmer, in True Romance. And then, it's been forever since I last saw True Romance, so I don't really recall a lot of what happened in that film, but my vague recollection is that there appears to be at least some similarities in the film, itself, and Badlands.…

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★★

    I think this film is most likely a bona fide Masterpiece. Better cinematography I do not recall. Extremely authentic piece of work, from head to toe. Excellent acting from the entire cast. Great set design, costuming, directing, editing, the whole shabang.

    The film gives a real sense of feel of the environment the characters inhabit. I really felt like I was out and about in New York City. Every little note rang True. I loved the realism, and yet there…

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★★★½

    Phenomenal cinematography. The camera is all over the main character like white on rice -- a very unique style of shooting that, at the moment, I do not recall ever having seen utilized before. It really helps us, the viewers, to see things from Saul's perspective in a way that enhances our focus on what is happening, and the emotional impact it creates. It is almost impossible to take one's eyes off the screen. It is riveting.

    Saul is a…