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The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather
The masterpiece, the spectacle....the greatest achievement in motion picture history. The Godfather is truly a work of art that tells its story as if it were modern Shakespeare. The film boasts a truly great, dark, intense and emotional story from Mario Puzo's novel and screenplay with Francis Ford Coppola. The film is dark and also glamorous from the suits they wear to the cars they drive, the music, the wine, the food, the style its truly Italian (like myself) I love it. Nino Rota's score truly helps elevate the film helping to set the mood the film is going in but what truly makes and defines this film is the great performances by the cast.

The Godfather has without a doubt the greatest cast. Marlon Brando in the title role is brilliant, he's calm, cool but dangerous as Don Vito Corleone the boss of the Corleone crime family, the most powerful Mafia group in New York city. Brando truly delved into and became the character from his mannerisms, the look, emotion and his infamous distinctive raspy voice. However the film is not mainly his story but the lead character is his son Michael played in his breakout role which is his best role played by Al Pacino. Pacino's portrayal of Michael is mesmerizing, intense and without a doubt the greatest movie character in history. The character's evolution is brilliant but tragic from his humble days returning from WWII as the good son, to joining the family business after an attempt on his father's life was made to finally stepping up to the big seat and taking the reigns as the Don of the Corleone Family. Its simply operatic and amazing.

The supporting cast is also very high caliber from James Caan's incredible performance as Santino "Sonny" Corleone, the "next in line" after Don Vito to take the reigns, Caan brings forth Sonny's anger, intensity and his protectiveness of his family in a truly great performance. Robert Duvall is amazing because he is the most different of all, he plays Tom Hagen the informally adopted son of the Corleone's he is the consigliere to the Don, who helps make the decisions. He is the brains, he anticipates and ultimately at times can be just as dangerous as his adopted family. Diane Keaton as Kay Adams, Richard Castellano as Peter Clemenza the Caporegime, John Cazale as Fredo Corleone, Lenny Montana as Luca Brasi the enforcer, performance wise the list is endless.

Coppola's directing is fantastic from the beautiful scenery, to the pacing and shot by shot precision. This film has some of the most memorable scenes in film history from the opening wedding,Hollywood, the attempted assassination, the restaurant, Sicily, the Five Families meeting, Las Vegas, the baptism, the execution and its chilling ending. This film truly brought forth the cold image of organized crime onto the big screen perfectly.

The Godfather is without a doubt a masterpiece and simply the best.
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The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
The Godfather, Part II
When I say The Godfather is the greatest film of all time, that includes the sequel. The Godfather Part II is truly remarkable and just as good, perhaps even better than the original film. This film has a truly unique formula thanks to a marvelous screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. The film shows the early days of Vito Corleone from his days as a boy fleeing Sicily, to his arrival in New York City and eventually his rise as a young man to become a powerful mafia Don, played brilliantly in an Oscar winning role by Robert De Niro. De Niro retained all of the qualities and traits that Brando personified with the character and helped cement his own legacy as the Godfather. The majority of De Niro's lines were in Sicilian dialect as well. His performance is truly riveting from a poor worker in Little Italy, NY to eventually the most respected man. His performance continues to have the smooth, calmness of Brando and also shows the younger, emotional and deadlier side of Don Vito.

However the bulk of the film and no doubt the best part is the continuing side showing Don Michael Corleone 2 years following the original now as head of the family operating in Nevada. Al Pacino's performance in this film as Don Michael is truly, brilliant, mesmerizing, emotional, evil, dark, cunning, intelligent, awesome, I can go on so to some it up I will say Pacino's performance here is what I believe to be the greatest performance in all of film history. Pacino gave Michael a darker side then he had in the first film, now as the Don he is the most powerful crime boss in America and attempting to expand into Cuba. Michael now is truly cold hearted and evil willing to get rid of anyone who stands in his way this includes somebody very close to him in the shocking, jaw dropping montage ending.

This film is much more personal than the original for various reasons, Michael's paranoia and a betrayal, his decent into darkness and his father's rise from witnessing the death of his family to his own bloody rise to the top and eventually taking his own revenge.

Rota's score is much more important in this film too giving the film that much darker tone to it as well, showing the dark nature of the Corleone family. This film has just as many memorable scenes as the original from the opening scene the arrival in America, the party, a traitor, Cuba, "I knew it was you", Little Italy, The committee, Sicily, Michael and Kay's heated argument, a death in the family, the montage of deaths, a deep flashback and ultimately the final scene showcasing Don Michael Corleone sitting alone realizing the evil man he has become is truly powerful and chilling.
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GoodFellas 1990,  R)
GoodFellas
"The Godfather" movie of a new generation. This film recaptured the image and standard the Godfather set and set a new one and its own new image in its new way and different approach to the Italian mafia, rather than the Golden days as depicted in The Godfather it is the more modernized, gritty days about the guys at the bottom.

Its a true story based on the life of former Lucchese Family associate Henry Hill and his goodfellas Jimmy and Tommy. The film has a great story with great performances by Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci in his Oscar winning role, makes this film very entertaining and one of the greatest films ever made. Goodfellas is awesome because I love the authenticity and truthfulness of it. The dark side of the mafia, the real side which shows it is not glamorous but dangerous. This film is about the guys at the bottom doing all of the dirty work from hits, theft, extortion etc. Scorsese's directing is excellent from the various fast cut scenes, to its various close up takes, the steady cam, and the inclusion of narration helping the audience feel like they are truly apart of Henry Hill's life.

Ray Liotta is just awesome as gangster Henry Hill, however he shows that Henry is more tragic and sad then a villian, someone who just wanted the lifestyle and all the perks of being a wise guy. From his early days selling cigarettes, to his robbery days with Jimmy and Tommy until he became a drug addict and trafficker leading to his downfall and turning state's evidence. Liotta shows Hill's emotion, paranoia and fear of being in the life as well as his intensity and love of the life. Robert De Niro is terrific as gangster Jimmy Conway. De Niro's performance gave everything there is to the modern gangster, from the smooth, calm attitude, his aggressiveness, his coolness and the guy who always has his friend's back no matter what but when it comes down to himself or the other he's going to do what he has to. One of De Niro's very best performances. However its Joe Pesci that steals the show as Tommy DeVito, the psychotic, loose canon gangster who will murder anyone that he feels necessary. Pesci gave us the intensity, the anger, and the toughness in his performance as well as some comic relief. A truly great movie character. The supporting cast is great from Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill and Paul Sorvino as Paulie Cicero, the Lucchese crime family Captain that Henry, Jimmy and Tommy work under.

Scorsese and De Niro in there 6th collaboration truly crafted a masterpiece. Goodfellas is the most accurate mafia film and as a film in general is one of the best. The definitive and best film of the 1990's for sure.
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Scarface 1983,  R)
Scarface
Brian De Palma's classic revolutionized the gangster genre with this great masterpiece, Scarface. Al Pacino gives one of his greatest and most memorable performances as Tony Montana a drug dealer who comes to Miami in search of the American dream. Pacino transforms into his character like never before from his every movement, to his look, the attitude and notably the accent of Tony Montana. Pacino was intense, angry, paranoid and powerful in this performance. Notably within the last 20-25 mins of the film once he is in New York, he shows the redeeming quality of the character but once he returns it shows Montana's overprotective dark side that he soon regrets. Scarface is one of the definitive gangster film's truly showcasing the rise and fall of such a powerful figure.

The directing by De Palma is top notch, and beautifully shot from the scenery of various Miami (filmed in LA) locales. The story is very well paced from its beginning with Tony's arrival in America, to his first deal gone wrong, to meeting the boss and eventually becoming the boss. This film is great because it shows the dark nature of this business, no one can be trusted and there is no way out.

The film is graphic, violent and truly amazing and one of my all time favourite movies. The film has many memorable lines and some very famous scenes. Notably the infamous ending scene showcasing Montana's downfall. The music is great, very 80's and very fitting of this type of film. I love this film because in both halves it tells a different story, the first it shows the rise of Tony from a low level street thug to becoming a boss, and in the second half you see him as a boss, he has money, power, respect but he is greedy, and paranoid and it then begins to show the fall. De Palma and Pacino truly crafted a great retelling of the 1930's classic giving it the update from prohibition to cocaine, from an Italian American to a Cuban, and making the film much more in depth, much more complex, emotional, dark and with an ending that is remembered by all. The World Is Yours, Scarface is truly a film masterpiece.
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Raging Bull 1980,  R)
Raging Bull
The greatest sport fim of all time. This film however is more than just boxing. De Niro gives the performance of a lifetime as Jake Lamotta. The depth and emotion he put into his character is unbelievable, no doubt he got an oscar for it. This is a powerful film that will leave you breathless. One of Scorsese's greatest films.
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Taxi Driver 1976,  R)
Taxi Driver
Another classic from Martin Scorsese. The dark atmosphere of this fiml helps you to understand the dark atmosphere that goes through the mind of the taxi driver. Robert De Niro gives his best performance as Travis Bickle, a man who is on the verge of madness. His potrayal is just brilliant as you can see what goes on in this man's mind. One of the greatest films to ever grace the silverscreen. Movie making at its finest.
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Chinatown 1974,  R)
Chinatown
Incredible! Absolutely incredible. Roman Polanski's dark noir film Chinatown is truly an unforgettable cinematic masterpiece! Jack Nicholson gives the best performance of his career as private investigator J.J. Gittes, a Golden Globe winning and Oscar Nominated performance, trying to solve the murder of a powerful man, hired by his wife. Nicholson's performance is just flat out amazing and iconic with the hat and bandaged nose, very memorable scenes, great dialogue and execution of his lines, he shows awesome intensity especially in the "I want the truth!" scene. Faye Dunway was also great, I never knew whether to believe her or not. This is one of the true film greats, revived the film noir genre as neo-noir and set the standards for many mystery films to follow specifically 1997's awesome L.A. Confidential.
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The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight
A groundbreaking film on all levels. The Dark Knight is the greatest sequel since The Godfather Part II. Christopher Nolan continues his dark superhero vision this time in the form of The Dark Knight. This film surpasses its predecessor on every level. This film became darker, much more complex and now revolving around a plot of true chaos and anarchy.

Christian Bale continues to play Batman and Bruce brilliantly as the cocky billionaire persona in public, the quiet lonely, tragic Bruce with Alfred and Rachel and his true persona the Batman at night beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. Now with his presence known in Gotham the Batman is a force to be reckoned with in this film. The plot is astounding revolving around a gangster who with his various insane tactics plunges a whole city into chaos and massive anarchy, this man was The Joker played brilliantly in one of the greatest performances I have ever seen by the late Heath Ledger. Ledger completely inhabited the role of the famous villain from all of his various quirks, movements, voice and iconic laugh. Ledger reveals the Joker's insanity through his performance and his mission to completely "disrupt the established order." The way that The Joker lures Batman into each of his schemes is pure brilliance and great writing by the Nolan brothers and Goyer.

The film is very action packed, very story heavy, excellent pacing and has a stunning and deep climax. The Dark Knight is less of a superhero drama and has now delved into the crime-drama atmosphere, retaining the noir feel of Batman Begins but bringing the dark level to a new level. From the opening bank heist to Batman disappearing in the night at the end of the film it leaves you longing for the third and final chapter in the Dark Knight trilogy. This film is legendary and despite being a fairly newer film stands as one of the all time greatest movies.
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The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight Rises
Sensational! Spectacular and just flat out fantastic. Never have I left a movie so speechless, stunned and mesmerized. Christopher Nolan completes his Dark Knight trilogy with this exciting action packed, and the most dark installment in the series.

The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most in depth films I have ever seen with one fantastic, dangerous and deep story that links in all of its previous an newly introduced characters very well. Never has the series been so personal, and grim. What Nolan has done with this trilogy is he completely transformed Gotham into a villainous, hopeless entity of scum, crime and corruption that can never be saved. In this film Gotham faces its most dangerous and worst days ever.

Tom Hardy was astonishing, menacing, and Batman's most physical villain yet, one that pushes him to his combat limits. I absolutely love what Nolan had done with this character he transformed the Bane of the comics into a terrorrist who's plan is to completely wipe out Gotham BUT what truly makes this character great is it brings this trilogy full circle by commanding the League of Shadows, the organization once commanded by Ras Al Ghul (Liam Neeson who makes a chilling cameo appearance) and their plan to exterminate Gotham. It was very well done completely taking over the whole city in a way that the Scarecrow (also making a great cameo),Ras Al Ghul and The Joker never could have imagined. Hardy's Bane may be no Joker but that's the whole point he is the exact opposite which on my opinion made him as scary and on equal ground villain wise.

Christian Bale turned in one of his greatest performances of all time in this film. This time you truly see Bruce's struggle, his battle with inner demons 8 years following The Dark Knight, Bruce has exiled himself from society and hung up his cape but soon makes his return with a bang. Bruce's story is much more personal and the story is more so about him than it is Batmam which I completely thought was awesome. Michael Caine also turned in an emotional performance as Alfred trying to convince Bruce to live a normal life even going as far as leaving in an attempt to prove a point. Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman were excellent as was Marion Cottilard in her role as Miranda Tate a very great inclusion to the story, like really good. However one of the movie's scene stealer's and on of its best performances goes to Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, she was purr-fect in the role from her attitude, movements, and style. She was smart, sexy and dangerous and a great inclusion to the story she fit very well into this great story. But it's Joseph Gordon Levitt's role which brings the film on a whole other level, the cop determined to bring back the Batman and save Gotham.

The story/plot was excellent I have never been this intrigued to a film's story before, the sets were great, the action scenes were awesome and very well filmed and the were very memorable scenes such as the opening, Batman's return, Bane's takeover, the Pit and Bruce's escape, the battle for Gotham and notably which is the most shocking and jaw dropping ending I have ever seen. This ending just amazed me and kept me at the edge of my seat it was deep, tragic, emotional but at the same time bittersweet and the dawning of a new era (you will see why). A pure genius movie ending and even better ending to a great trilogy.

Now is the question which is the best film in The Dark Knight trilogy? I believe this film was it held a story like no other with top notch performances, excitement and personal depth. It brought the story full circle back to Batman Begins along with continuing from The Dark Knight and having an awesome twist ending. Christopher Nolan created the PERFECT movie trilogy, hats off to him. The Dark Knight Rises (and trilogy itself) is a masterpiece and one of the greatest motion picture spectacles I have ever seen.
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The Departed 2006,  R)
The Departed
One of Scorsese's greatest films. The Departed is a modern masterpiece built on a gritty storyline that is very intriguing and deceptive. The film is very cat and mouse which is awesome. This film features and ensemble cast that truly carries and delvers the film. Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of his greatest performances as Billy Costigan, a cop who infiltrates the Irish Mob. Matt Damon is great as Colin Sullivan a cop who works for the Irish mob boss, Jack Nicholson in one great performance. Mark Wahlberg also gives his best performance as Staff Sergeant Dignam. This film is a tough, dark crime film that is very climatic with many twists and turns with a shocking ending.
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Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
Pulp Fiction
Dazzling entertainment. Pulp Fiction is director Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece and the film that made him famous. Pulp Fiction has a solid story or stories I should say that all intertwine into a great conclusion.This film features great performances from its cast of Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel and of course which brought back John Travolta in one of his greatest performances. This film may be one of the most important films of the 90's. How it lost the Oscar is beyond me, this film rocks.
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Inception 2010,  PG-13)
Inception
A truly expertise, mind bending wholly original and a truly imaginative idea by this generation's most talented director, Christopher Nolan. Inception is an intelligent thriller that will require multiple viewings and close attention at all times. Never before have I been blown away by such an intense and in depth story featuring, with a truly crafty ending that you will not soon forget.

The story its simple, a thief uses "inception" to enter people's dreams to steal ideas and information. It gets complicated once he starts entering various layers of their world along with being haunted by his deceased wife. Leonardo DiCaprio turns in one of his best performances as Dominic Cobb the expert thief who is emotionally driven by his past but is intelligent, and a true master thief. His expressions truly show his emotional drive as well as willing to jeopardize the mission and life once he sees his own wife's projection.

The supporting cast is phenomenal with Joseph Gordon Levitt as Cobb's assistant who knows of his past and is the one making sure the mission goes according to plan. Tom Hardy is a scene stealer as Eamus the one who can disguise his image, Ken Watanable as the one who hired Cobb, Cillian Murphy as the target, Ellen Page as the brains behind it all and Marion Cotilard as Dom's deceased wife.

The dream sequences and effects are truly remarkable featuring intense action, top notch visual effects and CGI and notably showcasing its great storytelling. Christopher Nolan is truly an amazing director as well as having an extraordinary vision. This film has everything you want, a great story, a great cast with great performances and a truly mind bending and questionable ending. Inception is a modern film masterpiece and one that will leave you asking more questions.
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Heat 1995,  R)
Heat
Michael Mann's L.A. crime saga is a classic among films. To add to this you have the two greatest actors of all time, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro colliding. A great movie with awesome action scenes,and incredible acting leaving you with a movie that you will never forget.
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Casino 1995,  R)
Casino
Money, greed, power, and betrayal. All in a day's work in Scorsese's gangster epic based on true fact. Casino is a riveting and absolute enticing dramatic story based on the Italian Mafia's grasp over the Las Vegas Casino's in the 1970's and 80's. Robert De Niro gives one of his career defining performances as Sam "Ace" Rothstein the mob associate and handicapper sent to run the Tangiers casino for the mob bosses. Scorsese once again pairs De Niro with screen icon Joe Pesci, playing Nicky Santoro a mob Capo sent to aid in Ace's control and at the same time enforce thier control in Vegas but as time passes on, egos grow, power is wanted and loyalty is tested.

Master director Martin Scorsese crafts a superb film depicting the life of organized crime, in the style of (his own) Goodfellas but also its own unique incarnation. Casino boasts some great narrative explaining their lives, their business and the casino operation. The film is beautifully shot on location in Las Vegas and every scene is simply captivating. De Niro's performance is top notch and deep showing the dedication of hard working Sam Rothstein and his goal to run a "stand up joint" and not necessarily be illegitimite. De Niro brings forth the intellect, the calmness, coolness and at the same time the ruthlessness and dangerous ability of such a powerful man. Pesci's Santoro is a scene stealer. Nicky Santoro is hot headed, furious, and intimidating. A man who is truly a psychotic gangster (similarly to his Goodfellas character, Tommy) Pesci's performance is truly awesome, aggressive and virtualy untouchable how a mob capo who was sent to enforce Vegas began running the town.

What brings the film into an emotional story is the inclusion of Sharon Stone as Rothstein's wife Ginger. She is a deceptive, greedy woman whom at first seems can live the life alongside Rothstein, but however takes a turn for the worst as she falls into drugs, lies betrayal. A great turn by Stone.

Casino is truly one of the greatest films depicted about organized crime, it is entertaining, rich, smart, violent and dangerous. A true masterpiece. DeNiro-Pesci and Scorsese once again craft a memorable film piece.
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The Godfather, Part III 1990,  R)
The Godfather, Part III
The saga continues in the epic final chapter of the series. Al Pacino is back as Don Michael Corleone in a great and very emotional performance as Michael is now older and repenting for his past crimes as the head of a mafia. Pacino's performance is top notch and as the character aged so has his persona, I liked the fact that now Michael realizes all that he has done and is guilt stricken it thickens the plot and depth, great Pacino performance Don Michael Corleone is still my favorite movie character.

Trying to legitimize his business by doing work with the church he keeps getting pulled back into the mafia life by his fiery nephew Vincent in a stunning performance by Andy Garcia. Garcia plays Sonny Corleone's illegitimate son Vincent who wants in the family business. His performance is flat out awesome! He shows the intensity, anger and fury that Caan showed playing his father but Vincent's transition to a smooth, cold, calculating and intelligent man under Michael's wing is awesome. Going from a low level mafia soldier to taking the reigns and becoming Michael's successor as Don of the Corleone family is a great scene, one of the best in the series, I love the passing of the torch feel to it.

The music in the film like the first two is excellent and helps pace the film well and set its mood. However this film is much more emotional, from the Vatican plot, to Vincent's accent, to Michael's sadness and quest for redemption. There are many memorable scenes from the opening party, the Commission massacre, the Little Italy shooting, Sicily, the plot and ultimately the montage of murders and the film's emotional ending and closing to the trilogy. The ending of this film is truly sad, all the evil Michael committed in his life he truly pays for it in the end stricken with tears, and shock.

I love this film, it is severely underrated, I mean yes the first two Godfather films are better but they are the greatest films of all time nothing compares to them. This film is great because it is the end, it closes the trilogy and ties up all lose ends to Don Michael's story. Francis Ford Coppola once again crafts a genuinely intriguing masterpiece of a film. The Godfather saga ends with a bang.
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The Silence of the Lambs 1991,  R)
The Silence of the Lambs
A very chilling and disturbing film. This film has many elements of film noire and dark underrtones. Jodie Foster is great in the role of Clarice but Anthony Hopkins is frieghtening as the mind boggling Hannibal Lecter. This film is great on all levels and was definetly worthy of that Oscar.
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Citizen Kane 1941,  PG)
Citizen Kane
As the tagline upon its release stated, it's terrific! Citizen Kane is triumphant film making that tells the story of quite possibly one of the greatest stories ever told on film. Citizen Kane is the ultimate story of power but it also ultimately states that even a man as powerful as Kane his life was only happy when he was a boy. Charles Foster Kane is the original tycoon, the original powerful mogul before Gordon Gekko, before Lex Luthor. Oroson Welles gave us a film performance like no other from his days as a young ruthless newspaper publisher to his run for senator to his ultimate rise to power yet unable to achieve happiness and demise. The investigative reporting scenes were also very well done into devling into Mr. Kane's past, those scenes felt almost noir. The operatic music also helped give the film a darker atmosphere. Is it the greatest film of all time? No, that title respectfully belongs to The Godfather but Citizen Kane is definitely one of the greatest and is no doubt a timeless classic that requires a viewing from anyone who wants to watch a great film.
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Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
Apocalypse Now
Astonishing! A triumph. This film is a masterpiece. I was blown away while viewing this horrific depiction of the Vietnam war. Film making legend Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Trilogy) directs this remarkable, dark and deadly story of the darkest side of one of the most violent wars in history.

The camera work, directing and shot by shot could be one of the best directed films I have ever seen, the way each scene leads into each other, and its smooth style at times showing remarkable and beautiful scenery and dark and gruesome images.

I loved the story because it was also a psychological study. This proves true in Martin Sheen's excellent performance showing the troubles, the horror and effect the war had on his inner psyche. But also pushed him to his mental and physical limits. Robert Duvall is a scene stealer as Colonel Kilgore in the infamous attack scene as well as leading his troops. He shows intensity, and courage as well as true leadership, as well as saying the famous napalm line. However the film completely changes when Sheen reaches his target, to assassinate Col. Kurtz a former soldier turned mad. Kurtz is played brilliantly by the great Marlon Brando in a dark, and sinister performance. Kurtz is psychotic, evil and murderous. From his eyes, to his deliverance of his lines and facial expressions. Truly one of Brando's best performances.

The combat and war scenes were great and top notch from the helicopters to gun fire and explosions. Apocalypse Now is not only a high point in war cinema but remarkably a high point in film history.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975,  R)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A great film. A triumphant classic. Jack Nicholson's best role. This film has everything you want in a film drama, laughs a plot and emotion.
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Dog Day Afternoon 1975,  R)
Dog Day Afternoon
Al Pacino triumphs in one of his greatest performancs ever! Dog Day Afternoon is a great film. This movie has everything you want in a film, action,drama and comedic elements. This film is very entertaining. No doubt one of the best. Attica! Attica!
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On the Waterfront 1954,  Unrated)
On the Waterfront
A motion picture masterpiece! This film is easily one of the greatest films of all time. Marlon Brando gives a powerful performance one that I could see the emotion and depth he put into the role he no doubt deserved that Oscar. The story was very intriguing and it captured my attention right away. The fear the people had of the mob was fascinating but the passion and guilt in Terry's (Brando) conscience was fascinating and one of cinema's greatest performances of all time. I praise Elia Kazan for the direction of this film. The film is groundbreaking and one of the true greats.
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Rocky 1976,  PG)
Rocky
May be one of the greatest stories ever told in this film. Rocky is a great film. A great breakthrough for Sylvester Stallone in both acting and scriptwriting. Rocky is the perfect role for him. This ultimate underdog tale will truly make you believe that if you believe you can over come the odds and "go the distance" This film is all heart from start to finish.
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Batman Begins 2005,  PG-13)
Batman Begins
Astonishing! Batman is finally reinvented for the big screen and in his exhilerating return we receive the greatest actor to dawn the mask. Christian Bale is without a doubt the best Batman actor ever, the emotional depth he gave to the character is great, drak and complex. You see Bruce's roots as a child, too a revenge bent young man, a criminal, ninja and finally returning to Gotham as its vigilante. The villians are incorporated very well with this great plot, which is done perfectly and despite all its complexities revolved around one thing....fear, from Jonathan Crane aka the Scarecrow played in an excellent performance by Cillian Murphy. Great supporting roles played by Michael Caine as Alfred Bruce's trusted butler, and Katie Holmes as Bruce's childhood friend and a DA. Ken Watanable as Ras Al Ghul the man who trained Bruce and Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard Bruce's former mentor. With a great twist in the film's story, this film is very dark, very grim, thoughtful and very accurate to the comics as well as being its own new adaption.

Director Christopher Nolan completely delved into the Batman psyche and brought us his great vision that truly resurrected a dead franchise for a new generation. Batman was dark and cool again. Intimidating from his first appearance attacking mafia boss Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) at the docks up until the film's action packed climax and the final scene. Another element that helped bring upon the tone and atmosphere of the film is Hans Zimmer's score which in my opinion may be superior to Elfman's original Batman score from the Burton films. Batman Begins is a triumph!
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L.A. Confidential 1997,  R)
L.A. Confidential
Jaw dropping and just flat out stunning! L.A. Confidential took the crime genre to soaring new heights! This film revived interest and brought back many of the old aspects of film noir and established some new criteria and new grounds for following films in the genre to follow. This neo-noir is thrilling and one of the greatest motion pictures I have seen.

L.A. Confidential has a dark and intriguing story lead by a star studded all star cast with top notch performances from Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger. The film had me interested from start to finish with a great twist that truly upstaged many past crime films I have seen in the past.
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Argo 2012,  R)
Argo
An exhilarating, breathtaking thriller of a movie based on the incredible true story. Ben Affleck struck gold 2 years ago when he directed "The Town," but it is in Argo that he truly crafted a masterpiece in modern cinema.

Argo is a top notch espionage thriller/dramatic film detailing the Iranian hostage crisis and the CIA's master plan to rescue them via a fake film crew and a fake movie called Argo. Ben Affleck gives quite possibly his strongest performance yet as Tony Mendez, the CIA operative who was the brains behind the entire mission. He shows strength, leadership and determination but at the same time doubt if this plan will even succeed or if he will even live to see his son and wife again. The film' supporting cast is very impressive and filled with great performances from, John Goodman, Brian Cranston and Alan Arkin in his scene stealing role as the movie mogul.

What makes this film so great is the script and story itself, a truly impressive screenplay how they were able to pick out the most important elements of this entire crisis and craft a feature film out of it, at the same time focusing on the character drama. Argo is never boring, once it starts you delve right into the story from the opening scene showcasing the riots and such, all the way to the film's teeth clenching edge of your seat thrilling escape. Great pacing and great storytelling.

Ben Affleck has already cemented his mark in the acting world but with Argo he continues to prove that he is one of this generation's greatest and most talented directors. One of the best films of 2012, one of the best of the decade and a film that one day may be regarded as one of the all time best. A truly amazing film. I look forward to seeing what exciting new films Mr. Affleck will bring to us in the future.
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Django Unchained 2012,  R)
Django Unchained
A deep, dramatic, dark and undoubtedly awesome film from Quentin Tarantino. I admire Tarantino's work because he delivers films like no other, they are different, they are stylized, retro and ultimately aren't meant to please everyone. His films are created as a vision and story that he wants to create and ultimately gets the job done greatly by delivering truly kick ass movies. Django Unchained is no doubt his best film since Pulp Fiction.

Clocking in at 2 hours and 45 minutes this film never becomes dull even for a moment. Its a great throwback in terms of style, dialogue, and scenery to the classic spaghetti western films of the Sergio Leone era but also a classy violent and modern take of a Western with a twist of Tarantino style pulp violence, grit and drama.

Django Unchained has a truly enticing story of a black slave, Django played brilliantly by Jamie Foxx. Foxx is brash, dark, violent, and vengeful. His eyes give us his performance, the look of pure rage, and the way he wields his guns and lets hell break lose is truly awesome. Django is a slave freed by Dr. Schultz played in yet another astonishing performance by Christoph Waltz. Waltz's character is an excellent marksman, the backbone as to who sets the story in play and ultimately serves as a sort of comic relief and the film's intellect. Samuel L. Jackson as always is hysterical, witty, and undeniably some shifty character he is just an excellent actor.

However the film's standout performance for me is for sure Leonardo DiCaprio as slave owner and rich man Calvin Candie. Candie is a "classy" gentleman who has style, charisma but is truly a pure villain. DiCaprio is a scene stealer in this film the second he takes screen. Complete with accent and all, notable quirks that give this a standout performance, Candie is one of DiCaprio's best performances of his career, and notably on an even more excellent note one of the few times he's actually played a villain.

I praise Tarantino's directorial style, from the way he introduces characters, the way a story is set into motion but also there are various side stories that are interesting that fall into play. Even the inclusion of various comedic relief from dark comedy to just out right humour, specifically the scene with Jonah Hill. The film's climax is bloody, its violent, its loud and its incredibly awesome. Django is a pure badass and an awesome character creation, and an excellent performance by Foxx. Django Unchained is one of the best films of the year and is no doubt one of the high points of all of the actors involved, Tarantino and will one day be regarded as a classic Western drama.
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The French Connection 1971,  R)
The French Connection
Awesome, breathtaking and suspenseful! William Freidkin's The French Connection is film making at its best. This great thriller features a great performance from Gene Hackman as reckless cop Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle trying to track down a ring of French heroin smugglers. The story is awesome and really well done, the music incorporated is awesome along with the gritty areas and tone to the film it gives it almost a neo-noir feeling like a great detective movie. The shootout scenes were well done, Hackman's intensity in the role is awesome he truly deserved his Oscar. The ending is just completely awesome and breathtaking. The car chase scene in this film was absoultely thrilling, and teeth clenching and no doubt the best car chase sequence ever filmed. 1972 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, no doubt.
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The Deer Hunter 1978,  R)
The Deer Hunter
A great emotional tale directed by Michael Cimino. The Deer Hunter is riveting, in depth, and ultimately tragic complete with a great story, awesome music and direction and some career making performances.

The great Robert De Niro gives one of his all time best as a man whom along with his best friend Nick, played brilliantly by Christopher Walken join the fight in Vietnam. Their closeness, is ultimately what leads to the film's emotional closeness with the audience. The film shows the relationships among the towns people, they're all friends as well as showing the impact the war and its effects it had on everybody.

Cimino's directing is truly great, focusing the first hour on the closeness between the friends, following this thrusting the characters into combat but it is not the war scenes itself that bring out the depth of the film, it is upon their capture and force to play Russian roulette that brings out the fear, adn determination to escspe and live. However the tragedy continues on upon returning, Michael sees his injured friends, remembers those that were lost, and sees the effect it had on them all. De Niro's performance is in depth and Oscar worthy. The film's emotional ending showcasing De Niro and Walken is bone chilling, and tragic no doubt a scene to bring out sympathy from the audience. Truly a great film on all levels, a masterpiece!
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Schindler's List 1993,  R)
Schindler's List
A masterpiece! No doubt one of the pivotal moments in cinema. Director Steven Speilberg truly crafted a dark, emotional and adaption of the true story of Oskar Schindler played brilliantly in an Oscar nominated role by Liam Neeson. The film is sad, as it truly captures what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust and what exactly the Nazis put them through. Ralph Fiennes is truly evil and sinister as Amon Goeth a Nazi Soldier overseeing the work camp and ghetto. The supporting cast is quite great with Ben Kingsley. Its Neeson who truly makes the movie from his first appearance as the womanizing, rich and money loving German to eventually the man who sees the wrongful actions of the Germans and decides to do what he can to save lives. His emotional breakdown in his final scene is truly moving and heart wrenching. Speilberg through his use of filming, locations, style, cinematography, sets, clothing truly made this authentic and what brought to life the old and dark atmosphere is the black and white style filming. The film is dark, gruesome, violent and a story of survival and one man's mission to help. This film won Best Picture, Director etc. at the Oscars, truly a masterpiece.
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Memento 2000,  R)
Memento
A great psychological thriller from Christopher Nolan. This film will keep you interested from start to finished. At times you may be somewhat confused but it will continue to entertain. The Nolan brothers crafted this truly awesome screenplay, a film like this has never been done before its risky, dark and truly brilliant.

The film features great performances from its cast especially Guy Pearce, you feel his confusion, you see his struggle and ultimately you feel his sadness and quest for revenge yet he may not even truly know once it happens. A film about a man who can't make memories, but this man is also a man bent on revenge and on a mission. Pearce was perfectly cast in this film.

What I admire most about this film is how the story unfolds from its main story the backwards chronological "colour scenes" and the forwards black and white scenes where at the end they eventually fall into place as one long story. Its great because this film keeps you thinking, but its also a tragic story and the ending truly proves that. The movie is filmed with a dark hint of colouring, the relatively slow paced and darker theme music also completely sets the tone and mood of the story.

This film is pure genius, a masterpiece of a film with a great screenplay from Christopher Nolan along with his smooth directing giving you one of the best crime-thrillers of all time. A film that was overlooked upon release, this film should have received many Oscar nominations but it merely received one. This is one of the definitive films of modern cinema and the film that ultimately jump started Christopher Nolan's career. This psycho thriller stands as one of Nolan's best.
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Donnie Brasco 1997,  R)
Donnie Brasco
One of the greatest mafia movies ever. Pacino and Depp are perfectly casted in this gangster thriller. Pacino plays lefty, a low level Mafia soldier who takes in young Donnie the jeweler. Little does he know Donnie is really FBI agent Joe Pistone, a rat meant to sabotage the Bonnano Crime family. But the more time Joe spends in 'this thing of ours', the more he becomes like his character Donnie. The drama is great the performances are spectacular and some of the best of seen particularity Pacino. There is never a dull moment it will always keep you interested it is very thrilling and the climax is great yet also will draw some emotion.This film will keep you hooked from start to finish.
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The Town 2010,  R)
The Town
Astonishing. Breathtaking and exhilerating. The Town is a full throttle thriller that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Ben Affleck proves not only can he be a great director also he is a great actor in this perfectly crafted film. The acting is great and the action scenes were amazing. This is one of the best films of 2010 if not the best. This will one day be regarded as a classic among crime thrillers, the best since Heat.

EXTENDED CUT,ALTERNATE ENDING REVIEW:
In 2012 filmgoers finally got to see The Town the way Ben Affleck originally intended it to be. The Town already is a 5/5 for me but this extended cut was even better! The inclusion of the cut scenes and new dialogue added a more personal level to the film, it gave the viewers a chance to get to know the characters more. The inclusion of security cam footage was a great addition and the ending as emotional as the theatrical ending was this was even more emotional and just as good. Affleck in this cut continues to show that he is one of the best directors out there right now and that he is hands down one of the best actors in Hollywood today, the emotional depth he gives to his character, he knows what he is doing is wrong yet he's doing it anyways but wants out. The scene of him doing drugs on the monorail following his "breakup" with Claire added that much more depth. Jeremy Renner is with out a doubt a badass, and gave a great performance in his Oscar nominated role. The supporting cast was excellent, the film had a great story flipping between heist film and love story. The action sequences/shootouts and heists were intense and expertly filmed. The Town is an instant classic, the high point of Mr. Affleck's career and will one day truly be regarded as a masterpiece, it already is in my book.
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Carlito's Way 1993,  R)
Carlito's Way
Al Pacino and Brian DePalma team up once again for, Carlito's Way. This epic gangster film shows you the story of Carlito a former gangster trying to go legitimate but keeps getting dragged into the gangster life because of his drug addict lawyer Kleinfeld in a spectacular performance by Sean Penn. It is a great companion piece to Scarface which features an awesome story, great dialouge, the relationships with the characters are awesome, and ultimately a great performance by Pacino and a speechless ending. If you like gangster films you will love Carlito's Way.
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The Usual Suspects 1995,  R)
The Usual Suspects
Who is Kaiser Soze? watch this the perfect crime film to find out. Kevin Spacey's first oscar winning role shows his true brilliance as a cripple "Verbal" Kint as he tells the story of how the rest of his "crew" were found dead amongst a boat. This film will leave you speechless come the ending. The film that made director Bryan Singer famous is still his best film.
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The Shining 1980,  R)
The Shining
Calling this film a masterpiece of modern horror is the complete and whole truth. This movie excels on every level. It is terrifying, dramatic and literally can mess with your head like no other film can. Stanley Kubrick crafted a masterpiece that developed a huge cult following and created one of the most influential film's of all time and one of the greatest mind benders ever.

Loosely based on Stephen King's novel, The Shining is an example of a film masterpiece, from Kubrick's smooth, slow and creepy direction, to the eerie music haunting the hallways of the Overlook hotel, to the creepy ghosts and spirits haunting every corner, but what truly makes this film the masterpiece it is regarded as is because of a truly mesmerizing performance by the legendary Jack Nicholson.

Nicholson truly delved into and inhabited the role of Jack Torrance. The man who will take care of the Overlook hotel during the winter months. But the hotel is not what Jack and his family thought it to be. From his son's imaginary friend "Tony's" warning at the beginning of the film to Jack's decent into complete and utter madness this film is one horrific thrill ride that comes to halting and confusing but excellent ending.

What helps elevate the film's quality is Kubrick's skill for messing with the audience's head. This film is so ambiguous you do not even know where to begin connecting the dots. That's whats so great about this film is the mystery that Kubrick created for us, a mystery that can not be solved. He gets you thinking, is it ghosts, or cabin fever? Was Jack there before? What's the signifance of the twin ghosts, who is Tony and ultimately what in the hell does that ending scene with the photograph mean? I have seen the film numerous times and each time I catch something new and each time I view the film I appreciate its legacy more and more.
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Shutter Island 2010,  R)
Shutter Island
Master director Martin Scorsese returns with one of his most thrilling pictures yet! Shutter Island is a very mind bending, creepy and dramatic thriller. The ending to this day still has me guessing the real truth. Just watch to find out. Leo DiCaprio is in top form in this movie along with the rest of the cast line up that leads for a taunting thriller.
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Titanic 1997,  PG-13)
Titanic
A masterpiece. James Cameron's epic tale of two lovers who meet on the ill fated voyage of the RMS Titanic is a breathtaking, heart wrenching, emotional and edge of your seat film. The stars were perfectly casted, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in one of his best performances and Kate Winslet truly giving an emotional performance as Rose. A film that can actually get its audience to show emotion upon its tragic and sad ending. The special effects were astonishing, the cinematography and directing showing the ship's crash and eventual sink was amazing filmmaking, along with showing the flooding of the ship truly leaves you gasping for air. This film was the highest grossing film for 11 years and took home 11 Oscars including Best picture while it was up against some stiff competition (L.A. Confidential and Good Will Hunting, both are film masterpieces).
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Gladiator 2000,  R)
Gladiator
One of the greatest films I have ever seen. Russel Crowe gives a great performance as Maximus its unreal. The films potrayal of the Roman empire is spot on. This film is breathtaking and exhilerating on all levels.
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The Machinist 2003,  R)
The Machinist
A creepy and twisted psychological thriller that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. The Machinist is an underrated and often over looked film that gives us one great story to delve into. This indie film is one of my all time favorites, a film that is simple and gets its story across. The Machinist is dark, eerie and in the end one of the most memorable psycho thrillers I have ever seen. From Brad Anderson's gloomy directing and Scott Kosar's intensely dark and gritty script.

Christian Bale is outstanding and truly becomes his character, he leaves you to wonder is he day dreaming? is it really happening? is someone out to get him? Bale may have won an Oscar for The Fighter but this may be one of his best if not his best performance of his career, he dropped to nearly 100lbs for the movie! His performance is truly mesmerizing you see Bale's insomniac character, Reznik feel fear, doubt, stress and his desire to sleep but his main desire to solve who is stalking him. The performance is all in his facial expressions, Bale is the king of method acting.

The music incorporated really helped bring out the eerie and noir like atmosphere of the film along with the gloomy colour brings out the atmosphere and dark side of the film. What was awesome is in the end how the story unfolds you see the main reason as to why Bale's character feels this way it all has to do with conscience and guilt. A spectacular film. I have said it once and I will say it again Bale may be this generation's finest actor.
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The Prestige 2006,  PG-13)
The Prestige
Breathtaking! The Prestige is unlike any film I have ever viewed before. Director Christopher Nolan once again crafts another masterpiece in The Prestige. This film is filled with a great story that is very easy to get into a story built on drama, great acting capabilities and a very intriguing plot based on revenge, deception and ultimately prestige. The film is a very enticing drama but it has some great twists that elevates its sense of realism and into the realm of Hollywood movie making glory.

The film featured some great tricks and watching the two main character's attempts to thwart the other was pure genius entertainment. The film showcased some great costumes and set designs and most notably great performances from its lead cast. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are at the top of their games as two magicians who go to the limits to out perform each other as Scarlet Johansson plays a smart and sexy love interest but to which character does she fall for? Jackman was great as the vengeance obsessed magician with three main agendas, the first revenge, the second to outdo his opponent and the third to become the greatest magician of all time but he moves beyond illusion and discovers magic for himself. Bale gives one of his best performances in his scene stealing role, he was cunning, deceptive, manipulative but ultimately a character that the audience will feel for and in the end may end up siding with him. The film's epic final scenes will give you one of the best twists you will ever see a truly genius concept for a film brought to you by the Nolan brothers in this superb screenplay adapted from a novel. This ending however as the film's final lines say, you won't want to solve you want do not want to see past the illusion and you simply want to be...fooled.

Christopher Nolan once again helms a masterpiece, a film that was snubbed and overlooked by the Academy this film was truly Oscar material no doubt about it. This truly helped show Christopher Nolan is this generation's greatest director as Bale and Jackman are some of this generations most talented actors.
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The Exorcist 1973,  R)
The Exorcist
Quite possibly the scariest film ever made. The Exorcist blends relgious elements with the supernatural. The Exorcist has truly a dark and gritty atmosphere with dark undertones and eerie music to add to the effect. Linda Blair is terrifying as the possessed Regan MacNeil, you feel pitty for her while at the same time you are scared for her and yourself. The supporting cast is great and helps build to the story. This film has scares, suspense and a story that will keep you watching until the very end. After seeing this movies may not scare you as much as the is the definition of a horror film, one that was nominated for the Oscar.
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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest Star Wars film. Its got the best storyline the best action scenes and Jedi fight between Luke and Vader plus it is the one with the shocking and very well known plot twist involving Vader and Luke. Plus the inclusion of Yoda for the first time. The Empire Strikes Back is a film that you can never get sick of.
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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
The film that took sci fi and film in general to new heights. Star Wars the first (or fourth which ever way you want to look at it) film is truly great. The story is a classic and even those who have not seen it definetly know about Luke Skywalker's adventure to be a jedi under the wing of Obi Wan Kenobi. The rellion vs the empire is intriguing but what will keep you the most captivated is the legendary Darth Vader whenever he takes the screen.
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Seven (Se7en) 1995,  R)
Seven (Se7en)
A chilling thriller. This film is a very disturbing but gripping thriller in the manner of the silence of the lambs.
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Fight Club 1999,  R)
Fight Club
Tough, gritty, funny and dark. Fight Club is definitely unlike any film you have ever seen before. An office employee and a soap salesman form an underground "fight club" that eventually delves into anarchy. Sounds preposterous right? wrong! The interactions and connection Norton and Pitt's character Tyler Durden share is outright weird and funny. As the film progresses on so does the grittiness which is why director David Fincher (Se7en, The Game) is the best for this type of genre he brought the dark appeal and grim lighting to the film. The fight scenes are with out a doubt well filmed, hard hitting and bloody. Helena Bonham Carter's character Marla helped bring the tone's film into pure darkness. Even the film's locations from the abandoned house to the warehouse basement where fight club takes place and the nighttime scenes. However this drama takes a turn into the psychological thriller genre with one of the greatest movie twists of all time. This cult classic is grim, complex and edgy. Fight Club is a terrific film, entertaining and a cult classic.
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Full Metal Jacket 1987,  R)
Full Metal Jacket
The Vietnam war is seen like never before in this truly psychological and deep film experience. Master film maker Stanley Kubrick brings to life a haunting vision of a war both physically and mentally. This film was also the final in a string of excellent films showcasing the Vietnam war from The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now and Platoon.

The Deer Hunter focused on the emotional side, Apocalypse Now on the psychological side and Platoon on the true to life real physical events. This film brilliantly blends all of these together for one of the definitive motion picture experiences of the 1980's. Kubrick's precision direction helps bring out the truth to humanity's deadly nature from the hard knock bootcamp of marine trainee's in the film's first half to the deadly battle ground that was Vietnam in 1968.

The film's first half within the boot camp is a truly deep and traumatic experience showcasing what can happen to a man when he is pushed to far and eventually just breaks. That man was brilliantly played by Vincent D'Onofrio first as a mere happy go lucky overweight marine in training, but due to his lack of skill is pushed and psychologically broken by his peers to the point of committing murder and suicide in the haunting nighttime washroom scene.

The film's main protagonist however was played by Matthew Modine also giving an excellent performance as 'Joker' the marine who claims he is "Born to Kill" however it may merely be an attempt to look like a badass as this claim is truly put to the test upon entering the battle grounds of Vietnam. His character is also psychologically evolving from the boot camp to the war but he learns to face fear and conquer it and to become not afraid.

Kubrick put together some of the most excellent war sequences I have seen on film. And unlike previous 'Nam films rather than this being a jungle ambush warfare style war film he took the film to the streets and civilized areas. This film is truly a classic film on all levels and one that has left a lasting impression on cinema, it is haunting, groundbreaking, dramatic, action packed and pure Kubrick.
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Rain Man 1988,  R)
Rain Man
A powerful story with smooth direction by Barry Levinson and unforgettable performances by its lead cast. Rain Man is the story of a selfish yuppie whom after the death of his father is left nothing, his will goes to an autistic brother that he never knew he had in an astonishing performance by Dustin Hoffman. Cruise was straight up awesome as Charlie Babbitt, he showed the greed, and selfishness of his character along with the annoyance of having to take care of his brother, he then resorts to using him (by having him count cards for him in Vegas) which ironically leads him to share a connection. Hoffman won an Oscar for his performance as the autistic Raymond Babbitt, from each and every little quirk he does from his head tilts the way he spoke, stuttered and walked he draws you in with his breathtaking performance. Raymond's character showed the intellect that truly amazed Charlie and what bonded the two brothers in this road trip. No doubt Hoffman's best performance and one of Cruise's all time greatest roles. A masterwork of film.
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The Aviator 2004,  PG-13)
The Aviator
Breathtaking, and fascinating. The Aviator is a triumphant film experience. This film shows the life of the brilliant, billionaire, psychotic film maker and aviator Howard Hughes. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the best performance of his career as the film maker struggling with a career in revolutionizing aircraft along with his growing obsessive compulsive disorder and other mad issues he may have. DiCaprio is just mesmerizing in this performance that no doubt should have won him an Oscar but earned him a Golden Globe. This film features some great set locations, dialouge, performances and an awesome true story. Hughes innovated the movie industry with his perfectionist mind that may be another cause to his insanity. This perfectionist mind however also brought to life film classics such as Scarface and Hell's Angels, a huge part in the film. Another masterfully done motion picture from the master director Martin Scorsese. Scorsese's direction in this film is pure genius and it is a wonder how he was yet again snubbed by the academy.
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Reservoir Dogs 1992,  R)
Reservoir Dogs
Resevoir Dogs is a stunning crime film from director Quentin Tarantino. In Tarantino's debut film he masterfully creates an awesome gangster film complete with the simple story of finding a "rat" and taking it to the next level. The ensemble cast all had their own great and unique performances that include the underrated Harvey Keitel as Mr. White, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen in his psychotic role as Mr. Blonde, and Steve Buscemi in a great early career performance. Expert film making, Resevoir Dogs is nothing short of a film masterpiece.
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Platoon 1986,  R)
Platoon
Platoon is an astonishing look at the day to day life of soldiers in the Vietnam war. Oliver Stone directs this smash hit based on his own time in the war. This film has a solid cast line up that delivered triumphant performances from Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen (who's father Martin starred in Vietnam war epic, Apocalypse Now). The war sequences may be the best ever recorded on film. This film is a masterpiece and truly deserving of its Academy Award for Best Picture.
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Scent of a Woman 1992,  R)
Scent of a Woman
A great movie. It is purely terrific. It is a great story to be filmed and throughly enjoyable. Al Pacino in his oscar winning role gives one of his greatest performances of all time. HOO AH! its awesome.
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Serpico 1973,  R)
Serpico
Serpico is a great story of crime and police corruption. Al Pacino gives one of his greatest performances ever as the good cop mixed up with the wrong people trying to do good. The depth he gives to the character helps bring him onto a level that other people can relate to which is really cool. His performance highlights include his rages of anger, his quiet emotional conflict and his dedication to the NYPD. The film was expertly filmed showing the slum, and bad aspects of being a cop in the big city, very much like French Connection did at times. Great film, Pacino once again delivers and for some reason was again snubbed by the Academy for an Oscar
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Casino Royale 2006,  PG-13)
Casino Royale
Bond is back and better than ever! In this clever reboot Bond is taken back to his roots with style. Casino Royale is hands down the greatest James Bond film of all time. Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean Connery and with his awesome portrayal he may prove to be even better than the man who started it all.

Casino Royale takes the franchise back to the beginning, showcasing a young, arrogant, more inexperienced and a much more brutal, deadly and lethal Bond played to perfection by Daniel Craig. Craig shows he has what it takes to be Bond from his cunning suaveness, his elegance, his charm but at the same time being the strongest and definitely the most no nonsense cold hearted Bond of all. This reboot shows Bond in his first mission following being promoted to 007 as he pursues a private banker to terrorists known as Le Chiffre in a sinister performance by Mads Mikkelsen. Eva Green is stunning as Vesper Lynd, the accountant aiding Bond on the mission but at the same time the woman he falls in love with. However in this film things aren't always what they seem as at the end what makes Bond even more cold and the man we all know him to be is because of betrayal, and the lesson to trust no one.

Director Martin Campbell who revived the series and thrust Bond into the modern era with GoldenEye does so once again but this time with Casino Royale completely grounding the Bond world in reality. Gone are the fantasy of the gadgets and over the top schemes and villainous lairs (as cool as they are! no hate here) but here we have a much needed realistic interpretation of Ian Fleming's super spy. The film also showcases the most gripping action sequences in the Bond series from the free running chase, the airport scene and notably the ending scene in Venice. The film's most thrilling scenes are no doubt the poker, casino scenes in Montenegro. The film also showcases one of the best and definitely the deepest and darkest opening sequence to the Bond films as well as bringing forth a clever modified gun barrel sequence, a cliche that is trademarked with the franchise, with a cool title sequence and awesome song, "You Know My Name," by Chris Cornell. Casino Royale also gives us the best Bond car since the DB5, the very cool, the fast and modern Aston Martin DBS V12, as well as showcasing the original Bond car the Aston Martin DB5 in the Bahamas.

Craig truly inhabits the role of 007 and makes it his own in a breathtaking Oscar worthy performance. Bond has been reinvented for the new generation and I like it. James Bond will return.
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Skyfall 2012,  PG-13)
Skyfall
Mesmerizing, classy, astonishing a great throwback and no doubt a true "resurrection." I will go on record stating that Skyfall is now the greatest entry in the James Bond film series. Released on the series 50th anniversary despite being a film that no doubt moves forward into time it never for a moment forgets its beginnings, its legacy and ultimately the legend that is 007.

Director Sam Mendes crafted a truly brilliant picture in Skyfall. With this film we get a smart, in depth, deep, emotional, and very personal story. Personal not only on Bond's level but on M and the entire MI6. Loyalty truly is put to the test. Skyfall features an incredible, action packed opening sequence (that may be the series' best) and some superb quality, realistic action sequences that keep the film going. I loved that this film felt like a true espionage mission from start to finish.

Daniel Craig has done it! He completed what every other Bond actor couldn't do (despite how great they all were) and that was step out of Sean Connery's shadow and truly take the title as the greatest Bond of them all. Craig gives us a powerhouse performance, we finally witness the weak side of Bond after nearly being killed, being consumed by alcohol, truly losing his edge and age getting to him. Yet we see Bond's ultimate dedication to M (Judi Dench) and Britain. Another reason why I loved this film and Craig's performance was despite 23 films and 50 years of history the audience knows very little about the character of Commander James Bond. I admire how this film actually gave us some back story to the famous secret agent regarding his family, his boyhood and how his past still effects him.

Javier Bardem is truly villainous and evil as Silva. Bardem is a scene stealer and very flamboyant. He is treacherous and ultimately has one of the most diabolical plots of all Bond villains. His plot however was less about domination then it was a personal vendetta, which I found to be all the more interesting.

Despite the fact that Casino Royale was a reboot and the first in a new line of continuity, this film marking the 50th anniversary pleased the audience with its various subtle references to the film series' past. They were truly fun and any Bond fan would appreciate them. Especially the inclusion of the famous 007 vehicle, the Aston Martin DB5 complete with gadgets and all. The franchise re intrudces a new and younger Q (Ben Whishaw) I thought was a great inclusion into the new series.

The film's climax was action packed, story heavy and great on dialogue and very emotional. The ending is an astonishing throwback to the classic days of Bond and also a great way to introduce 007 to new fans. After 50 years the franchise has found a new high point in Skyfall and Daniel Craig. Bond is back and he is truly here to stay.

James Bond Will Return.
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From Russia With Love 1963,  PG)
From Russia With Love
The second James Bond adventure is better than the first. FRWL is great. Sean Connery continues establishing himself in the role that he defined. This time Bond is involved in a plot that targets his own life at the hands of terrorist organization SPECTRE.

In many ways From Russia With Love is the definitive James Bond movie with a great story, dark, and in depth with a great Cold War sub plot. SPECTRE's shadowy leader is introduced without revealing his face and ultimately has some of the most memorable moments in the series such as the hedgemaze, Istanbul, Orient Express, the tunnels, the boat a great villian Red Grant played by Robert Shaw and the first film to introduce gadgets.

Sean Connery continues to play Bond to perfection he is suave, cool and deadly. Connery is a pure dynamic on the screen.
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Goldfinger 1964,  PG)
Goldfinger
The classic, and what is without a doubt the greatest James Bond film of all time, Goldfinger. This is the film where the 007 formula is perfected and forever followed as formula for the entire series. Goldfinger is the film that features Bond getting his trademark gadget in the form of the Aston Martin DB5, 007's famous car. This is also the film that now despite being grounded in realism can take the step into the realm of fantasy.

Goldfinger features Sean Connery's best performance as agent 007 trying to unravel a plot to destroy the gold supply at Fort Knox. Gert Frobe is Auric Goldfinger the madman behind it all who may be the most memorable Bond villian of all time, complete with powerful henchman Oddjob. Goldfinger has an awesome story and quite possibly some of the best espionage scenes on film most notably the film's suave opening scene. The film has some very innovative action sequences from the Aston Martin chase, and the battle at Fort Knox.

Goldfinger is the pure definition of cool and the most famous, and greatest Bond adventure of all time. A pure spectacle, pure genius 007 always was ahead of his time.
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The Matrix 1999,  R)
The Matrix
Movie making at its very best. The Matrix is a ground breaking epic motion picture. This is the film that revamped modern special effects and indroduced us to the famous bullet time effect. The film is very creative and imaginitive. Keanu Reeves is great as Neo as is Fishburne as Morpheous. This is a great action/ sci fi motion picture, one of the best.
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991,  R)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 2 is a sequel that proves to be better than the original. James Cameron returns to directing just as Arnold returns to his most famous role as the terminator this time he's a good guy. Amazing movie, one of the true great action sci fi classics.
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The Terminator 1984,  R)
The Terminator
The film that made director James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger stars is one of the definitive films of the 1980's. The Terminator is a classic, boasted by a gripping, intense, very dark and truly unique sci fi story that at times is a real mind bender but it works. Schwarzenegger gives an unforgettable performance as the time travelling cyborg sent to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is to free mankind in the not to distant future.

The film's time travelling story is awesome and done to perfection, what brought out this film is its sense of darkness, one of the first "tech-noir" movies, the film noir for the sci fi genre. The action sequences, the deadly shootouts, the dark music and ultimately James Cameron's smooth direction and climatic ending helped create this great and powerful story. The effects while they may be dated truly fit this 80's cult film. The stop motion animated Terminator is powerful, and frightening.

The impact that this film had is even more powerful than the film itself, it caused a huge cult following from various dress styles (just in the 80's of course), film lines "I'll be back," it jumpstarted the career of legendary director James Cameron and was also the film that put Arnold Schwarzenegger on Hollywood's top stars list and lead him to becoming one of the (if not the) greatest action superstar's of all time. The Terminator is violent, its dark, its edgy and its exhilarating. This may still stand as the best in the series.
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Avatar 2009,  PG-13)
Avatar
Exhilarating, breathtaking and just flat out magnificent! Just as George Lucas redefined sci fi in 1977 with "Star Wars" James Cameron completely revolutionized the movie industry with this groundbreaking epic saga, "Avatar". Avatar features a great story that will easily keep you interested, the conflict between humans and the aliens of the planet Pandora. Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington in a strong performance from the heart with great emotion is a (half paralyzed), good hearted marine who is sent to learn their ways and try become one of them. However the humans show their true colours when they try to move in and take over their land, a war initiates which at first tears Sully but he then knows where he must stand. Its supporting cast is great and helps bring the film to life from Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Giovanni Ribisi. Now the good part and the no doubt the best part of the film is the visual and special effects are unlike anything I have ever seen before. James Cameron truly has a gifted imagination from the various different creatures from their looks and capabilities, to the detail of them and the surroundings and look of the actual planet Pandora itself. Its astonishing, Cameron truly is the master director of special effects and imaginative filmmaking. The climax of the film featured some great action scenes, shooting special effects and its amazing because it was all CGI. Nearly 60% of the movie was CGI, that is absolutely incredible. I loved the ending, it was satisfying and a great conclusion leaving the door open for a potential sequel. A sequel to which Cameron has confirmed will be 2 parts coming out in 2014 and 2015. I am excited to see the new adventures to happen in Pandora, the new effects and ultimately to see the story continue. An unforgettable film, the best of 2009, one of the best of the decade, one of the best of all time.
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Inglourious Basterds 2009,  R)
Inglourious Basterds
Another masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino! Tarantino's alternate history/fictional story surrounding World War II and Nazi occupied France is a dramatic, sometimes funny, often clever and always entertaining war film.

The film had various different sub plots that all tied up quite nicely to the film's main story surrounding a Nazi film premiere that will be attended by Fuhrer himself and high rankers. A plot to get rid of the Nazi's by American soldiers known as the "Basterds" lead by Lt. Aldo Raine in an amazing performance by Brad Pitt, playing the role of the Southern soldier, complete with mannerisms and accent to perfection, Pitt's character as well served at times as "black comic" relief.

Tarantino again brilliantly devises his "chapter" technique in this film, dividing up small story arcs leading up to one awesomely executed climax, the end of the war in the burning theatre room orchestrated by a vengeful surviving Jewish woman from the film's opening massacre. The woman, Shosanna played emotionally by Melanie Laurent was a perfect casting.

The film had a greatly assembled cast from small roles played by Michael Fassbender and Mike Myers. However the film's standout performance no doubt goes to Christoph Waltz as the classy, but deviant and dangerous SS Colonel Hans Landa. He was evil, remorseless and upon film's end a traitor to the country he served for years. Waltz's performance was so great it garnered him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, no doubt, he is truly deserving of this.

I praise the film's costume design and set decoration making the film feel very authentic and as accurate to 1940's Nazi occupied France as possible.

Tarantino creates yet another unique film that in the years to come will be regarded as among some of the best war films.
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Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003,  R)
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Volume 1:
An action packed, ultra violent dark drama film from film master Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill Vol. 1 is his fourth film but Kill Bill differs from his first three films. This film is an enticing throwback to some of the great samurai films of Japanese cinema. However Kill Bill has that American flavour, a dark personal plot line and the unique style of Tarantino's direction with of course an expertly made screenplay with intense dialogue.

Kill Bill is not your typical revenge thriller. The story of "the bride" whom was part of an assassin crew is left for dead on her wedding day by the mysterious "Bill" and her husband left for dead. Uma Thurman is perfectly casted as the Bride she has the dark sense of danger to her, the personal emotion to the character, but what made me more impressed with her was how well she performed in her fight sequences, wielding a samurai sword and all.

Tarantino knows how to perfectly cast his films, from Lucy Liu , Daryl Hannah and even Michael Madsen but his character will be explored more in Vol. 2. The sword fights and various marital arts sequences were very well filmed. The film may be ultra violent but it is none the less a gripping dramatic thriller that will leave you wanting more, especially with the film's intense cliffhanger upon end.
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Kill Bill: Volume 2 2004,  R)
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Exhilarating, and a pure genius second half to the Kill Bill saga. Quentin Tarantino masterfully concludes his vengeance fueled saga with more twists, more unexpected and undeniably cool scenes and defintely taking the story into much deeper and emotional territory.

The film continues immediately where Vol. 1 left off, The Bride continues her quest for revenge against Bill, whom is revealed to be her former lover[SPOILERS and the father of her alive and well daughter. ] The first Volume was defintely the more action packed and ultra violent half to the film but the reason why I may prefer Vol. 2 is the deeper it actually goes, its much more personal, more emotional specifically the ending. Uma Thurman cemented her mark in cinematic history as the vengeful bride with her outstanding Golden Globe nominated performance in these films.

I praise Tarantino for his great screenplay and for telling the Kill Bill story as if it were a novel, via chapters and its non linear film structure at times. The cast is perfect and this film was very well handled and rather than being seen as a sequel or follow up it very much does feel like a second half to a really long film. Which is a great thing and gives the two part film another unique quality. All questions are answered, everything is rapped up quite nicely and the film does have more story but its action scenes and martial art combat is very well constructed in this film as well. Some standouts include the escape from the coffin, the trailer fight scene and the ending. Tarantino hits it out of the park again.
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Vertigo 1958,  PG)
Vertigo
Brilliantly pieced together and masterfully told. The master of the thriller genre Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo may intact be the definitive thriller/mystery film with its bold and grim story of madness, lust, and mystery.

Vertigo is a great film that had a very simple story a man is concerned for his wife's state of mind so he hires a detective to follow her, a detective who is afraid of heights (This comes into play quite nicely in the film's opening and in the main storyline). James Stewart plays Scottie Ferguson, the detective on the trail. Stalking her every move the man believes his wife to be possessed or have "something" within her causing her mad and suicidal behaviour. The closer Scottie gets, the more fascinated with this woman, Madeleine he becomes.

Hitchcock's pacing of this film is brilliant, keeping you hooked and on edge for the entire length of the film. The music fits quite nicely into the film's thrilling and mysterious tone and image as well as the realism, grit and darker atmosphere that begins taking over as the film progresses. I praise this as perhaps Hitchcock's definitive work of his career, for the film's story, its performances (notably by Stewart), pacing of the plot the mystique and a twist that not many pictures can pull off with a haunting and climatic ending.

Hitchcock's filming from his camera angles, movement and locations helped also bring forth the film's style and purpose. The film's haunting dream sequences and "Vertigo" sequences are also classic scenes and purely great. Vertigo is a fine work of classic cinema that still has significance in the art of film making today.
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Rear Window 1954,  PG)
Rear Window
Pure classic cinema, and no doubt pure genius! The master of the thriller genre Alfred Hitchcock crafted this amazing story of claustrophobia, murder, and mystery of a wheel chair bound man whose new hobby is watching his neighbors daily routine, believes to have witnessed a murder.

James Stewart gives a great performance he plays the nosy neighbor but at the same time has concern after witnessing the questionable events of that one night. From his facial expressions seen when looking through the binoculars or camera you see his dedicated performance, the horror to what he has witnessed, fear and no doubt fascination with the situation and intrigue in wanting to solve it.Grace Kelly gives a great performance as Lisa, Jeff's girlfriend who also becomes intrigued of the sketchy circumstances, and Thelma Ritter as Stella is a great addition as comic relief.

The story itself is very thrilling it gives you the closed in environment feel by showing scenes only from within Jeff's view of the apartment building area and through various people's windows. Once the story picks up when watching Raymond Burr as Lars Thorwald leave his apartment 3 times in the middle of the night along with disposing of a saw, knife and the disappearance of his wife. With no one seeming to believe him and the cop making every excuse not to investigate it starts to make you wonder perhaps Jeff over reacted? maybe he just has too much time on his hands? spying on neighbors is unethical? Jeff thinks otherwise.

Once Jeff and Lisa devise a plan to search Thorwald's apartment the thrills pick up from herself getting caught, to Thorwald being led to Jeff, to the police and the climatic ending. Alfred Hitchcock truly crafted a cinematic masterpiece and one that has influenced many films in the thriller genre.
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Psycho 1960,  R)
Psycho
The cultural icon, the original slasher film and the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, Psycho. This is one of the most iconic films in history. Psycho is significantly dark, and gruesome. What starts out as a thriller film typical of Hitchcock film takes the turn into horror and suspense the minute Janet Leigh's character pulls into the creepy Bates Motel. Anthony Perkins brilliantly plays Norman Bates the as it seems good young man, loyal to his mother and socially ackward, its his mother though who has a stranglehold "grip" on his reality. This is the film with the infamous shower murder. Everything about this film is creepy from the scenery, Bates, "his mother", the house itself and most importantly the music. It also works well as a mystery and film noir as authorities and relatives try to search for the disappearance of Crane (Leigh's character) as they end up arriving at the Bates Motel. The film has a great twist thats psychological, manical, disturbing, frightening but also quite awesome. The film's ending is dark, grimm and ultimately one of the reasons why Psycho made such an impact in cinema and why its reputation still holds up as one of the definitive horror films of all time.
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Die Hard 1988,  R)
Die Hard
Possibly the greatest action film of all time. Die Hard is a great movie. The film that made Bruce Willis an internatinal star. This film is pure fun. Yippi Ki yay!
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Minority Report 2002,  PG-13)
Minority Report
Spectacular, jaw dropping and breathtaking. An intelligent, visually impressive and in depth sci fi film that pulls out all the stops. Minority Report is the best futuristic sci fi film since Blade Runner. This film has one of the most impressive story lines ever recorded on film, it was complex, dark and filled with treachery. I absolutely loved the tone of it presenting a neo noir/tech noir film with the rain, dark lighting, shadows and music. The pre crime aspect is incredible and smart but the effects and look of futuristic Washington DC is amazing! Tom Cruise completely delved into his character's psyche from the heartache, to his paranoia and ultimately his will to prove his innocence and get to the bottom of the murder he has yet to commit. Colin Farrell gave a really impressive performance as the man against the pre crime branch and the one that is hunting Cruise for the film. The film's awesome story just gets better as the film proceeds and takes some incredible and at times mind boggling twists and turns to a great climax. This is Steven Speilberg's best film in years and his directing in this film is one to be reckoned with. It surprises me that this film isn't nearly as popular as other sci fi greats such as The Terminator, Alien, Blade Runner and The Matrix, this film is awesome and how this was overlooked at the Oscars and Globes especially the screenplay, directing and performance by Cruise is beyond me. Triumphant film making one of the best of the decade, one of the best of the genre. Speilberg's first out of two big hits of 2002 (the second is Catch Me If You Can).
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Catch Me If You Can 2002,  PG-13)
Catch Me If You Can
In what may be the best film of 2002, Steven Speilberg brings to the big screen the incredible true story of a teenager who before his 21st birthday conned millions of dollars through check fraud as a pilot, doctor and lawyer, his name was Frank Abagnale Jr. The title says it all as it is a truly unique and exhilarating game of cat and mouse between Frank and Carl, the FBI agent out to catch him. Leonardo DiCaprio lights up the screen with his charisma and suave as Frank in no doubt one of his best performances of his career, a Golden Globe nominated performance. He truly lead you to believe that he was a master of charm, deception, lies and ultimately a great con artist. Tom Hanks was perfectly casted as Carl Hanratty, the agent assigned to this case, who time after time has been fool by Frank. Its supporting cast from Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and Amy Adams all suited their roles with their fine performances. The 60's atmosphere was accurate and the jazzy score helped bring to life this atmosphere. Filming on a grand scale. Also I really liked the inclusion of James Bond, Goldfinger in the film and Frank's deception as "Barry Allen", The Flash's alter ego, that was really cool.
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Insomnia 2002,  R)
Insomnia
Master director Christopher Nolan once again pieces together an enticing, gripping psychological thriller with a very creepy and paranoid feel to it. Insomnia is a great film that is built on its awesome story, its great directing by Nolan, the static-y, dark flashbacks are awesome, the mystique to the film is great and the pacing is perfect. What really excels this film to the next level is the amazing performance given by the legendary Al Pacino, as a detective dispatched from LA to Alaska to solve a murder, winds up killing his partner in the crossfire with the killer and decides to pin it on him, causing him to suffer insomnia during the investigation. However the creepy factor of the film lies within another great performance from Robin Williams as the eerie, mysterious writer Walter Finch who truly is brilliant at mind games. A very inept thriller film and no doubt another Nolan masterpiece and another great addition to Pacino's legendary career.
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Once Upon a Time in America 1984,  R)
Once Upon a Time in America
Epic film making and no doubt one of the greatest stories ever told and may be the defining film of the great director Sergio Leone. This 4 hour epic is one of the greatest gangster movies of all time. The film features great performances from its leading cast and even the teen actors portraying the crew when they were young. Robert De Niro and James Woods give some of their greatest on screen performances of all time, their closeness was like brothers but ultimately it crumbles. The film is a great throwback to some of the classic gangster movies with Cagney. The film's score truly brings out the emotional atmosphere. Some of the shootouts and mob scenes were very well shot as well. Spectacular, groundbreaking and one of the all time greats. Once Upon A Time In America is a truly excellent movie experience.
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Blade Runner 1982,  R)
Blade Runner
In what is quite possibly the greatest sci fi film of all time, Ridley Scott re defined sci fi and film noir with his 1982 masterpiece, "Blade Runner". The film set the standard for futuristic films. The atmosphere, setting, lighting, camera work, the use of rain, shadow and smoke helped give the noir feeling to this gritty picture. Its amazing because usually noir films are based in the 30's to 40's but Ridley Scott was able to bring it into a future story which is quite awesome. The visual effects, the setting of neo-LA is astonishing and pure genius, some of these effects still have yet to be matched. The entire story was very compelling and dark. Harrison Ford was the perfect choice for Deckard, the blade runner. His performance gave what every noir film needs and thats a serious man with a gun investigating/on the hunt. Years earlier Scott redefined the sci fi genre with "Alien", he does it again with Blade Runner, truly a film masterpiece.
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Good Will Hunting 1997,  R)
Good Will Hunting
Rich, powerful and emotional. Good Will Hunting is a spectacular dramatic film filled with great performances. Matt Damon's Will Hunting is a character that can relate to many people maybe not in all aspects but some. His emotional trouble is brilliantly crafted in this film which all helps boost the emotional level of the film. Matt Damon no doubt gave his best performance in this film. The sheer will and dedication he had but at the same time the recklessness and rage his character had was stunning. Robin Williams was also perfectly casted as Sean, Will's psychiatrist who helps him to overcome his outsider status, Sean shares similarities from how he grew up to Will. Ben Affleck's performance is also great he added some comic relief to the film but at the same time gave the best friend moral support to Will that he very much needed. Minnie Driver plays the love interest for will and she did it with style and also helped touch upon the good side to the dangerous and reckless will. The film is just awesome, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Oscar Winning screenplay is just pure brilliance and helps elevate the film even more. Finally I will comment on the film's ending and and how in the end it just makes you feel good. Excellent film making by director Gus Van Sant.
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A Few Good Men 1992,  R)
A Few Good Men
A modern classic and no doubt the best courtroom drama I have ever seen! A Few Good Men has a great leading cast with Tom Cruise (Rain Man, Top Gun) and Jack Nicholson (Chinatown, The Shining) both giving some of their very best performances ever. Cruise plays Lt. JG Daniel Kaffe the lawyer who is defending the two marines on trial for a crime. Cruise's performance is riviting as at first he gives us the impression of the arrogant, and seemingly care free man, it is then you see he is driven, his intensity and ultimately passion for what it is he does. Nicholson in an Oscar nominated performance is amazing as always, every scene he is in he completely steals the show, as the tough as nails, no nonsense Colonel. The film's supporting cast also helped bring the film to life with Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak and Keifer Sutherland. The story was great and also deceptive. The final courtroom scene is the bulk of the film and no doubt the most famous, most passionate and by far had the best scenes of acting capability in the film. The hostility that Cruise and Nicholson had shown for each other in that scene is breathtaking in the famous "I want the truth!" "You can't handle the truth!" scene. Director Rob Reiner truly helped craft a masterpiece.
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A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
A Clockwork Orange
A disturbing, and haunting vision of a dark future. A future filled with crime, and menace by various gangs, and an ingenious but mind shattering cure to stop such outrageous crimes. Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is unlike any film I have seen before. It is a film that takes upon the subject of crime and analyzes its continued growth in society notably by the young, and how in the future we may do what it takes to stop it.

This film can be seen as a morality tale and a metaphor for putting yourself in the position of those you have done wrong to as well as making right. The film is very deep in this theme and subject matter as well as that of being an intense psychological film. Upon film's beginning you would not expect this, you merely see four delinquents causing frequent harm to others without a care in the world, only to laugh and continue to do so. Lead by their much sociopathic leader Alex, who harmfully cements his position as the leader. Alex played brilliantly by Malcolm McDowell is a character whom upon film's beginning you hate, he is the scum of the earth, remorseless criminal and a violent psychopath. But after everything that happens to him by film's end from the torturous cure we are now put in his position on the opposite end of the violence. We as the audience can not help but to feel pity for him even though he does deserve it.

The film deals with subjects such as murder and rape. Showing how along with being a dystopian sci fi film and psychological drama it is as well a crime film detailing a life of crime and how it has effected those around him (Alex). The film's ending scene as well is one that will make you wonder, has Alex indeed been cured as an ideal human being, or will he fall back into his villainous, sociopathic ways again.

Kubrick is indeed a genius with his excellent screenplay adapted from the original novel and his great directing. He puts you in the character's head, never lets you forget where he is or how he is feeling. The incorporation of the music is also huge, especially with the character Alex. Despite the film upon start being very (very, very) weird upon start and at times pretty obscene, its style completely changes to an intelligent film that still has an impact on the film industry today. A true classic, this Academy Award nominated film is without a doubt clever, smart, dark and a story about how we may think we can change but who we are at one point is and always will be there. Excellent filmmaking on a grand scale.
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The Bourne Ultimatum 2007,  PG-13)
The Bourne Ultimatum
Matt Damon returns to his signature role in one of his best performances ever. This film is a spy movie lovers dream. The Bourne Ultimatum is exhilarating! Pulse pounding and one hell of a closure to the Bourne trilogy. This film is the climax and no doubt the standout/best in the series.

He's back, Jason Bourne comes home, and in this film you learn...everything. All the blanks are filled in the, more depth is given to the story and now it is edgier, more complex, fast paced, darker and ultimately the most action packed film of the decade. Director Paul Greengrass (the Bourne Supremacy) returns to direct, with his camera work and awesome direction this film features some of the most nail biting, realistic, hard hitting action sequences ever recorded. From the Tangier rooftops chase to the New York city showdown this film has some great shootouts and fight sequences. I praise the Bourne series for minimal CGI and more stunts, and realism. The film also boasts some great thrilling on foot chase sequences, the music just adds to the thrilling aspect.

Matt Damon gives what is perhaps his best performance of his career in his final film as Jason Bourne. He continues to show Bourne's excellence and skills but at the same time his emotion, his desperation to solve the unanswered questions and finally makes Bourne, human. Truly a great character played to perfection by Mr. Damon.

The film's ending is pure excitement, its shocking, revealing and the final sequences will leave you with a huge smirk on your face but at the same time wanting more. The Bourne Ultimatum is pure gold.
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White Heat 1949,  Unrated)
White Heat
White Heat is a perfectly crafted, thrilling and just flat out awesome gangster film. The film greatly blends noir with drama and gives you a groundbreaking epic. James Cagney gave the performance of his career in White Heat as the psychotic gangster Cody Jarrett. This film features some great dialogue, great performances and awesome gangster shoot out scenes including the finale where Cagney yells the iconic line that nearly shook cinema "made it ma, top of the world!"
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Scarface 1932,  PG)
Scarface
The film that stared it all. The original gangster film 1932's Scarface. Paul Muni is spectacular as Italian-American gangster Tony Camonte who is very Al Capone like. This is a classic among films and is a most see for gangster movie fans and fans of classic movies.
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The Public Enemy 1931,  Unrated)
The Public Enemy
A triumphant movie classic that set the standards for all gangster films to follow. James Cagney potrays street gangster Tom Powers and his rise to the top of prohibition era Chicago. His performance is outstanding. This film is truly compelling and hooked me from start to finish. A memorable film, a great gangster feature.
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American History X 1998,  R)
American History X
Controversial, dark and very grim. American History X is a different kind of movie that focuses on the racism in a family and the eventual violence that it can lead up to. Edward Norton gives a great, dark performance as skinhead racist, Derek. I like how his performance changed throughout Derek's life and the inclusion of the black and white during his time as a violent racist and to colour when he reformed. You can see Norton's aggression and hate early on in the film but later you see the remorse, the sorrow, and regret due to the realization that he was wrong, even though he may still have the beliefs (hence the hand over swastika near the end) Edward Furlong also gives a great performance as the younger brother who picks the wrong role model. He idolizes his older brother and wants to be like him in every wa and beings to go down that same terrible path. The film's ending is quite a shock filled with violence and emotion. Truly one of the best films of the 90's.
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The Conversation 1974,  PG)
The Conversation
An intelligent dramatic thriller! The Conversation is a great film from master director Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now. The Conversation incorporates the story of a man,Harry Caul who's business is spying on others and learning their secrets. After learning of a mysterious secret during a conversation he tapped his already high paranoia level escalates. Gene Hackman delves expertly into the role and accurately portrayed a man suffering from paranoia, his fear of a home phone, constant locking of doors etc. was great. This performance may match Hackman's Oscar winning role in The French Connection. The supporting cast was also great in the likes of John Cazale, an early and sinister role from Harrison Ford and the surprise appearance of Robert Duvall as the mysterious director. This film was awesome, at first rather slow but once it gets going it is brilliant. The film's twist was also great I did not see that coming whatsoever, and the ending scene show Hackman truly become his paranoid character. Pure genius and a classic movie.
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A Streetcar Named Desire 1951,  PG)
A Streetcar Named Desire
A motion picture masterpiece. The famous play adapted into a film delivers a sensational and emotional story. Viven Leigh gives an awesome performance as Blaunche, Stella Kowalski's (Kim Hunter in an awesome performance) sister who comes to New Orleans to seek romance and abandon her troubled past. The story is truly gripping as you can feel pitty for Blaunche as she is mentally unstable yet hopeless. What really steals the show is the great Marlon Brando in the film that made him famous. Brando gives a powerful performance as Stanley, Stella's husband. Brando is truly captivating in his performance that should have won him an Oscar. This is one of the many reasons that Brando may be the greatest of all time.
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Born on the Fourth of July 1989,  R)
Born on the Fourth of July
A triumphant, patriotic and emotional profile of the life of Ron Kovic played in an Oscar nominated and Golden Globe Winning performance by Tom Cruise, who's life was changed forever in the bloody and brutal Vietnam war. Oliver Stone directs his second 'Nam war movie following Platoon. Stone is excellent with his camera work showcasing the war and its effects that it had not just on Ron physically but mentally.

Born on the Fourth of July was less involved with the actual physical aspect of fighting the war in Nam as his earlier film Platoon was, however this film shows more about the physical harm and how lives were forever changed because of this war. Tom Cruise gives without a doubt the most in depth, dramatic and arguably the finest performance of his entire career. Cruise with the film's first half shows intensity, determination and patriotism that Ron Kovic had, however after the accidental friendly fire of one of his squad members and his injury that caused paralysis you see the downward spiral of his life both physically and mentally. Cruise shows depression, agony, doubt and above all frustration in his performance. Its all in his eyes and voice (accent which Cruise also perfected), even Cruise's acting as a paralyzed character was captivating and truly excellent.

The film makes a great transition from the patriotic Americans fighting the war to the horrors that took place and eventually the patriotism for the country to oppose the war instead. The film was greatly paced and structured and no doubt one of the high points of Tom Cruise and Oliver Stone's careers. A true gem and one of the definitive films of the 80's.
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The Maltese Falcon 1941,  PG)
The Maltese Falcon
Dark, complex and breathtaking. The Maltese Falcon is one of the innovators in the mystery genre and the film that launched Humphrey Bogart to Hollywood's A List. Bogart gives an excellent, masterfully done performance, his lines are well delivered, the intensity in his eyes, posture and voice gives me chills. At times this film can kind of confuse you do to the constant twisting of lies, betrayal etc. but it never fails, you will always be throughly entertained. This is film noir at its best, one of the films that many noir films look to as its source of inspiration notably films like Chinatown, and L.A. Confidential. The ending is chilling, and will leave you asking questions. Its awesome truly a classic film.
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The Untouchables 1987,  R)
The Untouchables
Brian DePalma's true story during the days of prohibition and Al Capone is a great movie. With great performances from its leading cast Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia with a spectacular oscar winning performance from Sean Connery and the unforgettable role of Robert De Niro as Al Capone leaves you with a solid gangster picture worth watching multiple times.
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A Bronx Tale 1993,  R)
A Bronx Tale
Robert De Niro's directorial debut is a classic gangster film with some of the traditional elements intact along with a more personal and dramatic story, a Bronx story. A Bronx Tale features a very intriguing story of a boy who soon befriends local mafia capo Sonny, in a powerhouse performance by Chazz Palminteri who also wrote the story. Robert De Niro once again gives another great performance as the father trying to protect his son from the dangers of the mob. De Niro plays the good father with good advice to his son. The story features some great mob/gang scenes and story points as well as dramatic family points between C and his father, Lorenzo. Lillo Brancato's performance as C was really good, he truly gave a great performance as the italian street kid from the Bronx, good first role. I really liked how the Bronx seemed dominant by Italians it gave it a realistic feel to what it was at that time. The inclusion of the racism even gave the film some more conflict aside from the mafia story. I thought it took a great direction, the story was climatic and despite how tragic and sad the end was it was a great coming of age story and understanding the life on the streets and really what it means to be a man. Great performance and directorial debut for THE Robert De Niro.

Another highlight of the film was the cameo appearance of Joe Pesci as fellow mobster, I won't spoil the scene he appears in but it was great.
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Collateral 2004,  R)
Collateral
A gripping crime thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat,The Insider, Public Enemies). Tom Cruise gives one of his best performance as a hitman named Vincent and Jamie Foxx is great in an oscar nominated role as Max the cab driver. The story, a hitman gets into a cab and makes him take him to all of his "stops". Its a simple story but a story that is dark, edgy and is literally all about the character's development its great. This film has a modern noir feel to it. Cruise is truly psychotic in his role, and purely convincing and dangerous. The film is thrilling and has a great ending and intense, edge of your seat scenes.
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Blood Diamond 2006,  R)
Blood Diamond
A sophisticated and visually compelling film. Blood Diamond is an expertly shot film, featuring beautiful scenery, brutal images, great action shootouts and some top notch performances. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers an awesome and powerful performance in an Oscar nominated role. He is so into character complete with an accent that he completely nailed spot on. Dijimon Hounsou was perfectly casted as Solomon and truly showed the emotion and love to find his son. Jennifer Connelly's performance was also very well performed and helped to give DiCaprio's character a heart rather than make him a greedy backstabbing diamond lover. A fantastic film.
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Jackie Brown 1997,  R)
Jackie Brown
A riveting and truly enticing dramatic crime thriller from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. Jackie Brown is a unique blend of drama and comedy with this gritty story of greed, betrayal, lies and a truly cunning story that never gets boring for a minute, from its opening to its great climax and end. A film that is carried by Tarantino's smooth and unique directing style as well as top notch performances from its cast. Jackie Brown has a top notch screenplay, and some great dialogue that only Tarantino can deliver.

The film from its start all the way to its finish never fails to impress me, it always had some cool twists, and some very deceiving motives occurring with this money smuggling story. Pam Grier rejuvenated her career as the title role Jackie Brown. A stewardess who is shifty, smart, and dangerous. She's got attitude, and charm, truly a great performance. Samuel L. Jackson is the scene stealer in this film offering us a great very loud, and at times comic relief criminal character. The film also boasts the presence of the legend Robert De Niro in a relatively different role for him, he plays a very quiet stoner who becomes involved in this money plot. He is homicidal, dangerous and calm. Aside from Grier I still think the best performance of the film goes to Michael Keaton, as one of the Detectives investigating the operation. Keaton is very dedicated in his role, serious and very real. He is very much an under appreciated actor who is very talented. Tarantino knows how to perfectly cast his films.

The film retains the dark and gritty style of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction but at the same time blends some comedy and sheds some light on the crime genre. In style it very much feels like a film that would have been crafted in the early 70's, its pure genius. Tarantino once again hits it out of the park. A very clever crime film.
90
The Fighter 2010,  R)
The Fighter
Spectacular! Movie making at its very finest. This film is one great drama with an emotional connection that will hook you in. Mark Wahlberg gives an excellent performance as up and coming boxer Micky Ward you can truly see his determination and the depth he gives his role. Christian Bale steals the show as older brother Dicky who is a drug addict, washed up boxer who is training his brother. In this performance Bale gives one of the greatest acting performances I have ever seen, he truly deserves that Oscar. The Fighter is great story telling and you will see the similarities to Rocky and Raging Bull and then you will categorize it as its own. Smart film making and no doubt one of the all time greatest.
91
Million Dollar Baby 2004,  PG-13)
Million Dollar Baby
A masterpiece! Clint Eastwood produces, directs and stars in this smashing drama of a boxing trainer who takes a struggling female under his wing. This is no ordinary underdog tale. Hilary Swank is terrific as Maggie Fitzgerald an Oscar Winning performance, you see her struggle, and determination. Clint Eastwood proves that he is the perfect mentor and no doubt gave a great performance as the serious Frankie Dunn, who then develops a father complex for Maggie. Morgan Freeman won an Oscar for playing Eddie, the man who inspired Maggie and helped her get to where she was. His narration was very great and helped set the tone of the film. Overall the film is great, triumphant and ultimately tragic. Eastwood sure knows how to put together great films.
92
North by Northwest 1959,  Unrated)
North by Northwest
Another edge of your seat thriller from the master of suspense! Alfred Hitchcock creates another landmark and classic movie in North By Northwest, when an advertising executive is mistaken for a spy he is on the run and engaging in a battle of wits with a crime syndicate on the hunt for a microfilm. Once again teaming with star Cary Grant he is charismatic and intelligent in the role, one that was perfectly suited for him. Eva Marie Saint is the temptress, seductive but also not what she seems.

This film is very well structured and from start to finish is without a doubt a thrill ride. This film's incorporation of espionage tactics no doubt influenced various spy movies in the years to come specifically the early Sean Connery James Bond films.The film has many plot twists and turns that will surprise you for real. It is constantly moving and builds to an awesome climax.

This film is still one of the definitive thrillers known for its iconic scene with the crop duster air plane and Mount Rushmore. Hitchcock knows how to deliver suspense in his films with its awesome music, camera work and buildup with a great screenplay by Ernest Lehman. The cat and mouse game between Thornhill (Grant) and his would-be assassins is very well filmed, and edge of your seat fun.

North By Northwest is dark, deceptive and a very engaging film. A timeless classic on all levels and without a doubt Hitchcock's most entertaining film.
93
The Hurt Locker 2008,  R)
The Hurt Locker
Astonishing! and truly triumphant filmmaking. Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq war indie film is truly a masterpiece and very different then your normal motion picture. From her style she chose to direct it gives us a very documentary, live experience sort of style making you feel like your right in on all of the action.

Jeremy Renner gives a mesmerizing and truly Oscar worthy performance as William James, the Staff Sgt. who leads his crew through various war zones in Iraq while disarming dangerous bombs. Renner truly became consumed by his character from his recklessness and adrenaline seeking attitude in the war, along with his vengeance and fury upon learning of the death of a young boy. Renner is no doubt one of the stars to watch as he is going to have one great career ahead of him. The supporting cast was also excellent with Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce.

The war sequences itself were very realistic looking from the shootouts, sniper scenes and any scene where combat is suspected to occur. It gives the audience a sense of paranoia as to what may happen. It brings you to the edge of your seat. Truly exciting. It also gets very emotional when members of the team become injured and/or die because the way the film is constructed you feel as if you are right there with them. I also loved the scene where Renner's character goes out for blood due to the death of a young boy, this espionage scene was awesome, dark and ironically a great foreshadow to Renner's future role as a spy in The Bourne Legacy.

The Hurt Locker gets you hooked from start to finish there is not one dull moment and it has an awesome but at the same time somewhat emotional ending as you know how reckless the character is and that he may have returned to face his own death. The Hurt Locker is truly worthy of the Oscar it won and is no doubt one of the best films of the decade. The best war movie since Platoon, and the best modern war movie.
94
Zero Dark Thirty 2012,  R)
Zero Dark Thirty
A breathtaking and enticing look at the incredible true story of a decade long hunt for the world's most dangerous terrorist. Zero Dark Thirty is no doubt one intelligent thriller that keeps you interested from its opening until the film's dramatic, and powerful ending.

Kathryn Bigelow expertly crafts this film, first from a buildup of the CIA agent's attempting to retrieve intel as to whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, al Queda terrorists and their next move. As a viewer you feel the agents' struggle, it feels like a near impossible mission, but notably you feel Jessica Chastian's driven performance as Maya the operative who is driven into taking down the entire terrorist operation. You see in her performance drive, will, passion and a sense of hope that many characters and their real life counter parts lack in such an intense and dangerous world.

Bigelow's directing is astounding very much incorporating the use of its locations, and its precise shot by shot for each scene. The film felt very real and much like a documentary similar o her efforts in The Hurt Locker. The film gives a sense of paranoia as well which helps increase the suspense level. Its supporting cast also helped escalate the film with Joel Edgerton, kYLE cHANDLER, Jennifer Ehie and an actor that I feel is very under-used and no doubt an incredible performer, James Gandolfini as the head of the CIA.

The film's middle eastern scenes despite risky are very well done and gives you a feel of where you are as well as the direction the film is heading, from attacks on the US embassy to the use of some very intelligent espionage scenes. However it is once the CIA follows an al Queda operative to this mysterious compound is where the film goes to the next level. The 'what if' you get putting yourself in their shoes, is Bin Laden being protected in this fortress. The plan despite simple took some time but was it worth the wait. Watching the Navy SEAL team storm the compound and assassinate the world's most wanted terrorist was a true pleasure to view, and no doubt pure cinematic greatness. The Navy scene was not over the top and was very well executed feeling real, and like much of the film's direction almost documentary style. Zero Dark Thirty despite being based around true circumstances, there are many conspiracy theories and uncertainty surrounding the real events, the ending helps incorporate this feel, did they get him? was it him? The majority of the events itself maybe confidential but from what is public knowledge this film was very well executed and was a true thrill every step of the way. A true jewel and no doubt one of the best films of the year.
95
The Great Gatsby 2013,  PG-13)
The Great Gatsby
Forget the mixed reviews and all the films critics, this movie delivers! The Great Gatsby is simply...great! Baz Luhrmann directs this truly spectacular, visually dazzling film a film through its lit up look and spectacle shows the true persona of the man named Gatsby.

Luhrmann brings to life a truly roaring New York of the 1920's with some CGI that no doubt shows a fictionalized version of NYC but one that perfectly fits the essence and style of the film. The film itself is very glamourous in looks, clothes, cars, and the blend of 20's music with modern music compliments of the king of New York himself Jay Z, the film is as elegant as its title character.

Tobey Maguire truly has an awesome acting turn as writer Nick Carraway the lower class neighbour to the mysterious but undeniably popular Jay Gatsby. The story's pacing is great especially at the beginning before Gatsby is even introduced it leaves you wondering who is this mysterious man who throws extravagent parties with a lit up palace. The second Leonardo DiCaprio takes the screen and makes his slick, and undeniably cool entrance as Jay Gatsby does the film's true style and depth come about. This is without a doubt one of Leo's best performances, this man was born to play Gatsby from his style, his mannerisms, the accent, a truly grand performance of emotions from DiCaprio. He quite possibly is the best actor of this generation but it still surprises me how he has yet to win that prestigious Academy Award. Last year I predicted him to win for J. Edgar, he did not even receive a nomination for that amazing performance. This year I am at least hopeful the academy will recognize his awesome work in this film and finally give him his statue.

I have never read the novel but I will say this is truly an excellent story and Luhrman's directing is pure brilliance to match such a tale. Its paced so excellently all the way to a dramatic but emotional finish to the film. This is truly one excellent story filmed expertly into a great movie. DiCaprio is a true scene stealer and elevates this already great film to new heights with his strong performance. Leo's take on Gatsby is so charismatic he makes the character so cool with his flashiness, popularity, fame parties, money and power, it makes you want to be Jay Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is the movie of the summer and without a doubt the best movie of the year so far.
96
Man of Steel 2013,  PG-13)
Man of Steel
"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble, they will fall. But in time they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders." Man of Steel is simply astonishing, breathtaking and a flat out exhilarating experience that truly redefines the world's greatest hero for a new generation.

Writer-producer Christopher Nolan teams up with visionary director Zack Synder to bring us this awesome retelling of Superman's origins and beginnings. With an in depth story that stays true to the character and the comics as well as some state of the art action sequences and visual effects that finally shows us what the man of steel himself is capable enables for a solid rebooted superman franchise.

Henry Cavill is brilliant! Cavill takes the mantle of the 'S shield' once warn by Christopher Reeve (and so many others) and inhabits the role as well as putting his own more psychological, and emotional twist onto the character that works very well. Cavill rather than being the confident hero and shining symbol of justice past incarnations were he plays a god living amongst man who doesn't know how to fit in or why he is here. When General Zod and the renegade Kryptonians attack earth, Superman is torn between two worlds, his adoptive world and his home world. Zod played menacingly and brilliantly dark by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) is a true comic book villain brought to life. Zod despite believing what he is doing is for the greater survival of krypton comes directly in line with his comic counter part as a genocidal maniac bent on domination. Shannon gives a performance to match Terrence Stamp from Superman II in terms of power, strength and intimidation as well as giving more backstory to his relationship with Jor-El before he became a "monster." Russel Crowe was perfectly cast as Jor-El (a role made famous by the great Marlon Brando), the biological father of Kal, and the figure who gives him the confidence, the intelligence as well as the strength to become the hero he needs to be. Despite being merely a projection of his thoughts and mind Jor-El lives on though the fortress of solitude and Kryptonians artifacts to guide Kal-El towards his destiny. Amy Adams is definitely greatly casted as Lois Lane, in terms of how her character was written how she acts, her impulsiveness,boldness and determination to get a story was straight up Lois directly lifted from the comics.

I felt the story was very well paced with an intense and striking opening taking place on Krypton, Synder completely redesigned the look and technology of the planet to a much more modern and sci fi like setting, in the vein of Avatar, and no longer the icy, crystal like planet (and fortress) of the Donner/Lester/Singer films. The krypton opening was brilliant and emotional, then taking us to Clark as a man struggling to find himself and through flashbacks learning to harness his powers. However it's once he emerges from the fortress with his Kryptonian suit, red cape and that iconic S and takes off for flight you are in for a ride. The action sequences were truly awesome showing just how powerful Superman and the Kryptonians are, in this film you actually see what is at stake, the entire Earth!

The film's supporting cast was also great in Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, teaching Clark to hide who he is to protect his son, as well as Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet. The only thing I think that may have been rushed was Clark's relationship with Lois it seemed to move too fast.

The film came to an emotional climax for our hero but it is upon end that Superman finally becomes the hero that we all know him to be, the hero the critics complained that they did not see in this film due to the grittiness. As a true Superman fan and having knowledge of the comic history from the classic era to the modern era, Man of Steel is a perfect adaption of the modern Superman that started with DC's new 52 and Superman Earth One graphic novel, critics truly do not understand or know the character they are simy hung up on Donner's version from 1978 which yes is a classic but need to get over it. Saying the action took say from the story development of Superman I believe to be false because through the action he learns to master and use his abilities, he witnesses and learns of his true strength and learns that he is Earth's savior. After critics complained that Superman Returns (which I also very much enjoy) lacked action, in this film we get to see our Man of Steel show off his powers in a grand sci fi extravaganza along with some awesome CGI effects.

I also very much liked the subtle references to LexCorp, perhaps as Nolan did with his Dark Knight trilogy with saving the arch villain (The Joker) for the second, he will save Lex Luthor (corporate Lex! Yes, no more evil real estate plot Lex!) for the sequel, perhaps to bring in line with comics have him run for president? As well as test Supes with a villain such as Metallo or a clone called Bizzaro? And for a third open with a Doomsday kills Superman only to see him ressurect to learn Lex is president but is being used by Brainiac. There are endless possibilities but I am very happy that this film did the mythos some true justice and hopefully as well as leading into a new franchise this can open the door for an expanded DC universe which will serve as the jump off point for a future Justice League movie. Man of Steel is terrific!
97
Eyes Wide Shut 1999,  R)
Eyes Wide Shut
In depth, fascinating...disturbing, Stanley Kubrick's final film is yet another psychological motion picture masterpiece that will keep you thinking long after it is over.

Kubrick writes an amazing script based off of the novel Dream Story. Never have I seen such a film that delves so far into the human mind, we get a glimpse of inner secrets, lusts, and fantasies some that are best left quiet. A secret when Dr. Bill Harford's (Cruise) wife (Kidman) confesses that she once contemplated having an affair, sends Harford on the most bizarre night of his life one where he has various sexual encounters perhaps to spite his wife or out of confusion or own desire. In the process of his night dwell in New York City Harford uncovers a dark and secret "society" masked and revealed, one that is truly bizarre. His night pushes his psychology to its limits.

Performances in this film are astonishing especially Tom Cruise as he gives one of his all time best performance, and one that he should have received much more notice and attention for. The confusion, frustration and fear he shows is brilliant, also he is the last actor to ever do the "Kubrick stare." Cruise and Kidman's interactions worked all the more better with each due to the fact that they were a couple at the time that this film was made.

Eyes Wide Shut not only pushes Cruise's character to its limits it will also thrill the audience and get you thinking. The film has various undertones and subliminal messaging with themes such as desire, morals, trust and love and lust. This film is a psychological thriller like no other, for some reason the scene where Cruise returns to the mansion where the cult society met the night before and the mystery man handed him the envelope chills went through me! The film has a great erie score with the piano theme music that is very fitting.

Stanley Kubrick was one of the most influential film makers of all time creating various film classics this being his final and no doubt one of his most finest. Kubrick's legacy lives on.

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