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The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

A classic example of mid-century ersatz Hollywood cheese, brazenly attempting to rip off a spectacularly successful film on the cheap. Continue reading

4 yaps

Germany, Year Zero (1948)

The last of Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist WWII trilogy explores the desolation of the defeated in post-war Berlin. Continue reading

4 yaps

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

This WWII romance/adventure, twice nominated for an Academy Award, deserves more of a reputation than its current forgotten status. Continue reading

5 yaps

My Life As a Dog (1985)

One of my personal touchstone films, “My Life As a Dog” showed an American teenager how vibrant and alive foreign cinema can be. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Urban Cowboy (1980)

A cynical studio ploy to ride John Travolta’s song-and-dance stardom, “Urban Cowboy” is a totem for the urge to recreate America’s pioneer legend. Continue reading

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

A movie about a vexing mystery that cares not a whit about solving it; rather, it’s a dreamy contemplation of the power of the puzzle itself. Continue reading

4 yaps

King & Country (1964)

This forgotten anti-war film is thematically similar to Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” and stands out for its beautifully bleak photography. Continue reading

Angels One Five (1952)

A war picture in which you barely get any glimpse of war, “Angels One Five” is a subpar British WWII drama. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Despite frequent jokes about its authorship, “Good Will Hunting” remains one of the most vibrant, original screenplays of the 1990s. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

The Truman Show (1998)

Peter Weir’s eerily prescient take on the invasive nature of media made good use of Jim Carrey’s early manic comic persona. Continue reading

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