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  • GoodFellas
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Show Me Love
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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  • Shivers

    ★★★½

  • The Bad News Bears

    ★★★★½

  • Amores Perros

    ★★★★½

  • Donnie Darko

    ★★★★

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  • Shivers

    Shivers

    An artificial parasite designed to replace any organ in the body becomes the STD from hell by triggering overpowering lust in its hosts in order to implant copies of itself in their sexual partners. It spreads through an isolated luxury community, causing complete social breakdown before spreading to the larger population.

    It’s not hard to find a rather Puritanical allegory here for the public health consequences of lax sexual mores, even as writer/director David Cronenberg exploits the prurient aspects of…

  • The Bad News Bears

    The Bad News Bears

    Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau), a cranky, alcoholic former minor league pitcher, agrees to coach a team of Little League rejects (Tatum O’Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Chris Barnes, Gary Lee Cavagnaro, Alfred W. Lutter, and Quinn Smith, among others) and learns a lesson about what is really important.

    That sounds like a sappy, pedestrian premise for a run-of-the-mill sports film, but this is anything but that. Director Michael Richie has crafted a raunchy expose of competitiveness that still has a lot…

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  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2

    Woody (Tom Hanks), who turns out to be a rare collectible, is stolen by an unscrupulous toy store owner and slated to be sold to a toy museum in Japan. Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and friends embark on a dangerous cross-town rescue mission. This is a very entertaining and perceptive film that remembers the guilt that a child can feel over outgrowing a favorite toy. Sammy the bear was my own constant companion when I was a young child. As…

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    Akira Kurosawa's ground-breaking film features a band of masterless samurai who accept an assignment to protect a farming village from bandits in return for food. Although they are all down on their luck in poverty-ravaged Japan, they retain their dignity and sense of ethics and honor. In addition to being an excellent action picture, it is also a fine character study that contrasts the various ways that people react to extreme hardships such as crushing poverty.

    Two actors, both giants…