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Quick-Thoughts: Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975)

You know that feeling you have when somebody close to you recently passes away but it doesn’t internally seem like they’re really gone yet? That’s The Passenger.  Whether it be from seclusion or identity, our desires to be reborn are assertive. How else can we escape depression other than to change? The movements of our […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991)

Hey, if you’re gonna cheat on your asshole of a husband with someone, Brad Pitt certainly ain’t a bad option to consider.  Thelma & Louise is proof that you and your pal can still have the moving time of your lives even at the hands of tragedy. Although I didn’t find Ridley Scott’s cult classic […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon (1973)

The delightful quarreling between the two possibly blood-related cheapskates (Moses and Addie) boils down to sharp banter like we’ve never seen it before. Ryan O’Neal mutates into another recognizable and quirky personality, while daughter Tatum O’Neal gives one of the greatest child performances I’ve ever seen. Paper Moon segregates our material desires we seek to […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant (2015)

2nd Viewing An unapologetic visual peacock that uses expressive directing to justify its stay, The Revenant is a technical accomplishment beyond a filmmaker’s wildest dreams. From the illustrious long-takes, the popping colors of nature’s handsome curves, and the um… CGI bears, it’s all so triumphantly glamorous compared to the common feature-length. Alejandro González Iñárritu has […]

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Quick-Thoughts: The Hunt (2012)

The Hunt breaks the obstructions of its often traditional filmmaking style and ordinary story with an utterly down-to-earth manner of execution that brings in appallingly believable performances and scenarios. Child molestation is such a touchy topic that it’s easy for us to let our suspicions blind us when dealing with it. As much as we […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Whether it be the occasional jarring sequence cut, awkwardly executed acting bit, or the trivial spiel of exposition, yeah, The Lady from Shanghai can be messy at times, yet the final product bizarrely ensues as an arresting experience that only Orson Welles could create.  For one, this is a GORGEOUS-LOOKING movie. Regardless of the movie […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Michael Haneke’s Benny’s Video (1992)

Benny’s Video is definitely, with no ifs or buts, the prequel to Funny Games. Arno Frisch, you devil. Movies can be an escape. For Benny though, movies got promoted past an escape. The escape became the reality, and the reality became the escape. Except Benny didn’t want to escape anymore; that was lost. Benny decided […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear (1991)

Robert DeNiro is an absolute chameleon in Cape Fear. His character Max Cady is a convicted rapist, but his sturdy belief in the cornerstones of the Bible is what he uses to dignify his repulsive actions. He discharges the texts into the stir of his justifications and uses them to express why the redeeming of […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Rififi (1955)

The classic motion picture that inspired a generation of heist flick copycats and spearheads, Rififi is the archetypal tale of how the hunt for riches and treasure can schemingly cause us to lose sight of what’s truly valuable in our lives. And, it goes without saying that this movie effortlessly has one of the greatest […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Natural Born Killers (1994)

Finding out that Tarantino wrote the story for Natural Born Killers is about the second least surprising thing ever. The least surprising thing ever though was finding out that Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name partook in the soundtrack. Easy Pickins.  Oliver Stone’s ambitious style of malicious filmmaking results in what many would […]