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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    You feel the weight at all times. No matter where you go or what you do - it is unavoidable, inevitable. It follows you everywhere. It demands and needs and controls. If you try to resist, it rages and attacks and destroys. It requires your total submission and sublimation. It is hunter, and you are prey; it is killer, and you are victim; it is man, and you are woman.

    With one exception, every male character Clarice Starling encounters in…

  • The Breaking Point

    The Breaking Point

    ★★★★½

    The second, and much more faithful, adaptation of Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not is a classic in its own right. It trades the adventure and fun of the more successful and well-known Howard Hawks' film for a more deeply felt and emotionally wrenching tale of a good man brought down by bad luck and poor choices. It is a penetrating study of masculinity from one of the greatest purveyors of the form, realized on screen in arresting fashion…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★½

    Even if you know that that ending is coming, because it's been spoiled by every horror documentary and slasher fuck bois like Eli Roth, it still packs a pretty impressive wallop. Like, this movie is a heaping dumpster fire of bizarre psycho-sexual confusion and awful acting/characterizations, but dat ending almost makes it all worth it. Don't get me wrong, this is not a 'good' movie by any stretch of the imagination – it's grimy, low-budget, Friday the 13th-knockoff, slasher trash…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★★★

    Better than the original? In my middle age I'm coming around to believing it just may be. To think that Coppola made this and The Conversation in the same year. Fucking hell.

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  • UHF

    UHF

    ★★★★

    This was the box office Top 10 on the weekend UHF was released in July of 1989:

    1. Lethal Weapon 2
    2. Batman
    3. When Harry Met Sally...
    4. Licence To Kill (James Bond)
    5. Peter Pan (re-release)
    6. Dead Poets Society
    7. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
    8. Ghostbusters II
    9. Weekend At Bernie's
    10. UHF

    This movie never had a chance. Thank God video stores and cable allowed UHF to be revealed to the world as the masterpiece it is.

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    Le Cercle Rouge

    ★★★★½

    - Jules Dassin by way of Robert Bresson.

    - Definition of badass: beginning your film with a fabricated Buddha quote.

    - Paris has never looked shittier or less inviting on screen.

    - There are cool motherfuckers and then there are characters in a Jean-Pierre Melville film.

    - "All men are guilty. They are born innocent, but it doesn't last."

    - The way Delon smokes a cigarette.

    - All of the performances from the dancing girls in the club.

    - That…