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The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)
5 years ago via Flixster

A masterpiece by genius auteur Michael Haneke. Hardly any modern directors can come close to the daring boldness of Haneke and this film only goes to prove that foreign language films can get away with far more than the typical American film. Definitely an addition to my top 100. Typically of Haneke, it isnâ(TM)t a film that will put you in a good mood but it is extremely rewarding to watch. Haneke has always been an inspiration to me as both a writer and maker of short films and this film has definitely cemented that. A wonderful experience for those with patience, this film is mesmerising. It couldnâ(TM)t get any further from a typical Hollywood film.

Barton Fink
Barton Fink (1991)
5 years ago via Flixster

An under-rated Coen Brothers' film, compared to their more acknowledged films like Fargo, The Big Lebowski and in particular, No Country for Old Men. It is one of the most surreal films I have seen that doesn't actually employ fantasy or unreal elements. A worthwhile watch, it is better than No Country for Old Men by far.

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
5 years ago via Flixster

An unexpected masterpiece, with perhaps one of the best and most natural performances ever given from a Hollywood leading actor. Often rated as a 3 or 4 star film by critics and public alike, I went into this film expecting nothing special. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised at how great it really is. A sharp script loaded with subtle social satire, well directed and edited, brilliant chemistry from all the actors involved (not just the two leads) and a welcome use of drama. This is what you would call a dramedy rather than a straight comedy and it feels rather ahead of its time.

L.A. Confidential
5 years ago via Flixster

"Go back to Jersey, sonny. This is the city of angels and you haven't got any wings."

One of the finest noir films ever made, it perfectly fulfills the standards set by quintessential neo-noir Chinatown (1974) and the classic crop of 40s noir such as The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Out of the Past (1947). Like any good crime film, it has a strong set of characters portrayed by a stellar ensemble cast. Any film buff only needs to take one look at the list to expect a well-acted thriller. Each of the three protagonists (Crowe, Pearce and Spacey), all have contradicting characteristics, yet share several vital similarities that are cleverly explored as the film develops. The bursts of violence that are spread across the film are exhilarating and memorable scenes, all handled with perfect finesse by under-rated director Curtis Hanson (The Hand That Rocked the Cradle). However, like with almost all worth-while noir films, it is the dialogue that is the best feature. This film is full of cynical lines and speeches and is peppered with moments of bleak humour. These rare moments of amusement are able to be savoured, rather than simply shrugged off, which often happen in less sophisticated films, when one-liners and comical scenes begin to take away from the overall tone of the plot. Any fans of the classic noir films with the likes of Bogart, Mitchum, Cagney will relish in this modern update of a genre that rarely disappoints. Whilst prior viewings of golden age noir isnâ(TM)t necessary, it is certainly a privilege to have a greater understanding of the origins of the themes and styles that are portrayed in this contemporary masterpiece.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
5 years ago via Flixster

A charming comedy with fantastic chemistry between Montgomery and Lombard. I laughed out loud at one point; the hilarious scene at an event involving Mr. Smith trying to make Mrs. Smith jealous. Often called one of Hitchcock's worst, I thought it came across quite well, although it certainly isn't one of his best. Hitchcock didn't make many straight comedies but with this one, he proved how versatile he was.