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  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★½

    1962 Ranked

    Cape Fear is ALL tension. Thompson is doing brilliant work setting up suspense the entire run time and really paying it off in the final act. The film looks fantastic - the lighting, shadow, and movement just inspire dread. Peck is fine, but Mitchum is absolutely incredible here. Just a complete maniac, intensely scary and driven. An incredible villain that Mitchum plays almost completely restrained.

    I know Scorsese's Cape Fear really well, and it sure is an interesting…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★

    2008 Ranked

    This is a pretty hard watch. The film is heavy, both in terms of its subject matter as well as the execution. That execution is also extremely impressive too - and that makes this go down a little easier. Charlie Kaufman has constructed an entire world, and another, and another, and another, and the attention to detail is very apparent. The only medium for this story is film, and Kaufman takes full advantage of it. Direction, design, music,…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★

    Charming and fun who-dunnit. The usual attention to detail, offbeat humor, and quirky Anderson style are all there. Mixed with interesting animation, period jumping, and aspect ratio tinkering, this is a great watch.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★½

    Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.