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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    “The dust has come to stay. You may stay or pass through or whatever”

    An exploration of pilgrimage against the backdrop of the American south, in probably the greatest road movie ever made (the first half is road, the second half is much more an exploration of character). Wenders makes sure to show the desolate nature of Texas, with the dry heated backgrounds, and empty gas stations and how they are almost uniquely tied both physically and emotionally to our…

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  • Arachnophobia

    Arachnophobia

    ★★★★

    Interesting to see Jeff Daniels basically play the same character from ’Checking Out’, except this time instead of being a total hypochondriac he has a deep fear of spiders (he also is a doctor in this film which makes it all the more ironic). Taking inspiration from Hitchcock’s ’The Birds’, longtime Speilberg producer Frank Marshall makes a pretty comedic chiller that also has some great character development moments that are similar to Val Lewton horror masterpieces (such as most of…

  • King of the Hill

    King of the Hill

    ★★★★★

    Soderbergh’s first real Hollywood film belongs in a long list of fantastic Depression-Era films that were all made around the same time from ’Barton Fink’ to ’The Purple Rose of Cairo’, etc. Based on the life of A.E. Hotchner, the film follows a boy whose family slowly loses everything around him whether it be financially or physically, and he has to carry the burden of being impoverished around his peers, and the “shame” that comes with it. I related a…

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★★

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

    “We’re always quickest to doubt people who have a reputation for being honest.” (Not gonna lie there's like 50 amazing quotes I could put here)

    Hitchcock’s biggest hit, and a return to his indie roots (he shot this whole film with his TV crew, as well as reused multiple sets for various scenes i.e., Marion Crane’s apartment is literally just a nicer more homey version of the Bates Motel room she spends the night in). Hitchcocks camera work throughout the…

  • Stalag 17

    Stalag 17

    ★★★★★

    This film may star William Holden, but truly Otto Preminger steals this film as the over the top cartoonish Nazi Colonel von Scherbach (wearing tube socks and all), and even though the film is a satire on the atrocities done by the Nazi’s, the film still feels very adult per se making sure to not hold back on the cruelities many experienced at the real Stalag 17-B. The one set back I'd say with this film though overall is probably…