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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

“Life isn’t like in the movies. Life is much harder.” The last few months have been strong, with another magnificent film. Cinema Paradiso feels like the heartwarming classic they’d show on movie day in a middle school classroom. It’s very conventional; how … Continue reading

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

“Sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.” Cool Hand Luke is an American film by all accounts. It boasts a rebellious, masculine spirit that seems to triumph against convention. It’s a loose ensemble piece with a mysterious Christ figure at … Continue reading

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Roger & Me (1989)

“Some people just don’t like to celebrate human tragedy while on vacation.” I think a lot of Michael Moore’s charm has faded over the years, even among those who agree with his views. His gonzo style can be off putting, … Continue reading

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Seven Samurai (1954)

“Listen, I’m not a man with any special skill, but I’ve had plenty of experience in battles; losing battles, all of them. In short, that’s all I am.” I think a great movie should leave me with a lot to … Continue reading

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Häxan (1922)

 “Centuries have passed and the Almighty of medieval times no longer sits in his tenth sphere. We no longer sit in church staring terrified at the frescoes of the devils. The witch no longer flies away on her broom over the rooftops. But … Continue reading

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Airplane! (1980)

“Can you fly this plane and land it? Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.” Every comedy fits somewhere on the spectrum from dry and detached to Airplane! This movie is the biggest, most successful spoof … Continue reading

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Under the Shadow (2016)

“They’ll always know how to find you.” I felt pretty ambivalent about Under the Shadow, a recent addition to the 1001 List that I don’t expect will remain there for very long. The movie has had great acclaim among those who … Continue reading

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