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AMERICAN GIGOLO 1980 Paul Schrader

1h 57m | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
Writer: Paul Schrader
Cast: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Héctor Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt, Bill Duke

This film has style for days and at times cinematographic qualities reminiscent of Argento, De Palma and Mann flicks. On top of that a wardrobe by Armani. Giorgio Moroder and Blondie on the soundtrack.

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a classic film, basically sums up the 80s feel and style of films about loneliness



RUMBLE FISH 1983 Francis Ford Coppola (re-watch)


1h 34m | Crime | Drama | Romance
Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, S.E. Hinton
Cast: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Waits, Sofia Coppola





DOCTOR ZHIVAGO 1965 David Lean (re-watch)



3h 17m | Drama | Romance | War
Writers: Robert Bolt, Boris Pasternak
Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Klaus Kinski






SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME 2021 Jon Watts

2h 28m | Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Stan Lee
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons


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DETECTIVE STORY 1951 William Wyler

1h 43m | Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
Writer: Philip Yordan
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell, George Macready


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(Favorite Wyler's so far are; The Big Country, Roman Holiday and Ben-Hur.)



ONE, TWO, THREE 1961 Billy Wilder

1h 44m | Comedy
Writer: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, Ferenc Molnár
Cast: James Cagney, Liselotte Pulver, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin


"..Schlemmer!!"
Classic Comedy with a great script, many quotable lines/jokes. Political critique towards both sides of 'the wall'. Love the build-up, the joke delivery pacing (rythm) was much quicker than expected.

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SOME LIKE IT HOT 1959 Billy Wilder

2h 1m | Comedy | Music | Romance
Writer: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, Robert Thoeren
Cast: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft


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THE KING 2019 David Michôd

2h 20m | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War
Writers: David Michôd, Joel Edgerton
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily-Rose Depp, Thomasin McKenzie


It's not easy being King especially when you want to be a righteous one. Quite a down to earth portrayal of the story. Expected to hate it but I loved it. Joel Edgerton is great here and so is the rest of the supporting cast.

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THE ADMIRAL: Roaring Currents 2014 Kim Han-min

2h 8m | Action | Drama | History | War
Writers: Cheol-Hong, JeonHan-min Kim
Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ryu Seung-ryong, Cho Jin-woong, Jin Goo


Korean '300' at sea starring 'Oldboy'. It was aiight.

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RED ROCKET 2021 Sean Baker

2h 10m | Comedy | Drama
Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cast: Simon Rex Bree Elrod Suzanna Son

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Bye Bye Bye

The Florida Project 2017




THE BATMAN 2022 Matt Reeves

2h 56m | Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery
Writer: Matt Reeves, Peter Craig, Bill Finger
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell


Dark, gritty Noir-ish Detective style Batman, I liked it. Excellent supporting performances by; Kravitz, Turturro and Farrell. Cinematically great looking 'Kiss' moment and smart use of the Nirvana track.

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Something In The Way



LOCAL HERO 1983 Bill Forsyth

1h 51m | Comedy | Drama
Writer: Bill Forsyth
Cast: Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay, Peter Capaldi, Jennifer Black, Jenny Seagrove, Burt Lancaster


Thoughtful anti-capitalism, environmentally friendly comedy/drama with a lot of heart. Features some amazing scenery, great characters and a cool soundtrack by Mark Knopfler. From the BFI's Top 100 British Films list.

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PAULINE AT THE BEACH 1983 ‘Pauline à la plage’ Éric Rohmer

1h 35m | Comedy | Drama | Romance
Writer: Éric Rohmer
Cast: Amanda Langlet, Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory, Féodor Atkine, Simon de La Brosse


Lovely, intelligent, thought-provoking character piece. Complicated romantic and sexual entanglements between six very different characters. Set against the backdrop of beautiful small beach town scenery in Normandy, France. Should have watched this when I was 15 or something. Not as sensual or powerful as Jean Becker’s One Deadly Summer but still very good within the very specific sub-genre of eighties 'tales of European summer love' films.



On the Beach



BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET 1958 ‘I soliti ignoti’ Mario Monicelli

1h 46m | Comedy
Writer: Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Rossana Rory, Carla Gravina, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni


Classic Italian heist caper comedy/farce. With a smooth Jazz soundtrack.




SEVEN DAYS IN MAY 1964 John Frankenheimer

1h 58m | Drama | Thriller
Writers: Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II, Rod Serling
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Martin Balsam, Andrew Duggan, Hugh Marlowe, Whit Bissell


"I'll make you two promises: a very good steak, medium rare, and the truth, which is very rare."





AMBULANCE 2022 Michael Bay

2h 16m | Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Writers: Chris Fedak, Lars Andreas Pedersen, Laurits Munch-Petersen
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eiza González, Garret Dillahunt, Keir O'Donnell, Moses Ingram, A Martinez


Hating on Michael Bay is so 2007. Flaws here and there, yes. But overall this film has a lot of cool stuff going for it; sound, camera, light, action, Eiza González, Gyllenhaal, Sailing by Christopher Cross, Cruz from Santa Barbara.
Speed '94 lovers will probably love this film as well.

Added to my All Time Action and All Time Heist films lists top 50.




THE LONGEST YARD 1974 Robert Aldrich

2h 1m | Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport
Writers: Tracy Keenan Wynn, Albert S. Ruddy
Cast: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad





BILLY BUDD 1962 Peter Ustinov

2h 3m | Adventure | Drama | War
Writers: Louis O. Coxe, Robert H. Chapman, Herman Melville
Cast: Terence Stamp, Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas



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A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS 1966 Fred Zinnemann

2h | Biography | Drama | History
Writer: Robert Bolt
Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt


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