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  • Casablanca
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Mad Max 2
  • Midnight Run

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  • Blow-Up

    ★★★★

  • High Anxiety

    ★★

  • Vertigo

    ★★★★

  • The Apartment

    ★★★★★

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  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★

    I suspect endless ink has been spilled on the provocative themes and authorial vision of Blow-up; I’m not a deep enough thinker when it comes to movies to have much opinion on whatever those may be. I’m sure I could conjure up some ideas of my own. But mostly I just found myself enthralled throughout even though there’s really no narrative to speak of. But it doesn’t really matter; it’s all so masterfully composed and the performances so wonderfully askew.…

  • High Anxiety

    High Anxiety

    ★★

    After revisiting Vertigo, I was inspired to hit up High Anxiety for the first time in probably 30 years. Mel Brooks had pretty much lost his otherworldly mojo by this feature, but there are still some good gags. I mean, anything with Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman and Chloris Leachman is bound to garner a few laughs.

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  • Absence of Malice

    Absence of Malice

    ★★★½

    Solid news drama elevated by a typically strong turn from Paul Newman and a scene-stealing performance by Wilford Brimley

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★½

    Where Quantum of Solace is widely considered a lesser Bond, Skyfall is lauded as perhaps the franchise’s best and among the few that rises to the level of Oscar-worthy prestige. I share neither of these opinions. In fact, I think Skyfall generally overrated, a feeling confirmed upon this rewatch. That is not to suggest it’s a weak film; it’s pretty entertaining, just not one I’m convinced is worthy of its rather gushing accolades. 

    To be sure, much of it is…