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  • Night of the Juggler

    Night of the Juggler

    ★★★★

    A time capsule of 1980 New York City as a war zone of crime and filth. I mean, the kidnapping in this movie plays out so casually, so right out in public for everyone to see. It must have been a common enough occurrence that your average joe on the street developed blinders to what's right under their noses. Crime rates were at historic highs and the hysteria is captured forever in these lost gems like Night of the Juggler.…

  • Night Moves

    Night Moves

    ★★★★★

    Laying naked under the covers wielding a fondue fork is Peak Hackman. Peak in the sense that until Superman he was Hollywood's A-list character actor. Fantastic character film after character film. Only Gene gems from 1970-'75. After Superman he was "Gene Hackman", all roles varying off the persona of "Gene Hackman". If he laid naked wielding a fondue fork post-Superman there would be that whiff of self-awareness and perhaps self-parody, but in Night Moves he is Harry Moseby and you only buy him as Harry Moseby, the P.I. with disdain for Rohmer films.

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  • National Treasure

    National Treasure

    One of the more shocking discoveries I've ever made on Letterxboxd is seeing just how many users give this thing a pass. I'm sorry to all the apologists out there but this is a bowl of steaming dog poo served over chilled vanilla ice cream. The absolute blandest, flattest nadir of mid-2000s Hollywood film-making.

  • Love in the Afternoon

    Love in the Afternoon

    ★★½

    I'll be the one to say that Gary Cooper was well past his prime by 1957. He was dying, after all. But pairing him opposite Audrey Hepburn at her radiant apex is a recipe for awkward chemistry and it broke the experience for me. He is also a complete 28 years older than her and this is basically 75% a romance and 25% a light comedy. The age gap is elephantine. It is the equivalent of pairing current day Russell…

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single…

  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★★★

    "Time just gets away from us."

    Only the Coens. The most authentic western in modern memory, only the Coens could accomplish what they do here and they warrant rewatchability to spare. For one, the Coens are masters of language. Always have been, always will be. The way they go about capturing the Old West linguistics and dialects and transplant them into unique and unusual accents of characters is an absolute treat to experience and in the process, transplants the viewer…