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  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★½

    The Criterion Challenge 2021
    Progress: 6/52
    #7: A film from Wes Anderson’s Top 10

    Harsh, gritty, cold. This is a crime film more about the characters and less about their actions. Robert Mitchum makes the movie. When he’s not on screen, the film drags a little. The bank robberies are well done, but they’re less interesting because we don’t get any Mitchum. His portrayal of Eddie Coyle is weary and tough, full of traditional masculinity but worn down. Here’s a…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Needed second viewing to write this.

    At its height, German Expressionism was celebrated for its severe unreality. During a silent film era dominated by adventure or romance, here was a style bathed in madness and psychological perversions as stark as its shadows. Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse isn’t quite pure expressionism—he’s too fascinated with naturalism for that—but it may as well be with its pitiless gray skies, desolate black and white shores, and two stormy performances by Willem Dafoe and Robert…

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  • Blazing Saddles

    Blazing Saddles

    ★★★★★

    madeline kahn gets funnier and funnier on each rewatch!

    I’m tired!

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    Robert Mitchum, expressionist imagery, dreams and nightmares, the innocence of children, Charles Laughton... nothing about this isn't perfect.

    That shot of Shelly Winters in the river is INSANE.

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  • Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole

    ★★★★★

    Noir by daylight. Douglas at his most brilliant. Wilder at his most scathing. A blistering indictment of sensationalism in American media as well as the public’s never-ending appetite for it.