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American Buffalo
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

CAST OF THREE. Very underrated. Gritty, high-tension boiler room pot-boiler by David Mamet. Superb characterization and acting by Dennis Franz and Dustin Hoffman.

There's a reason these highly gifted actors picked this project at the height of their powers.

It provides keen insight into the criminal mind. Feels like a play. Watch a couple derelicts plan a revenge burglary for an imagined wrong. Everyone should watch this as an example of fine acting, superb characterization, and containment. ***This will teach you how to write relevant, effective dialogue in a completely dialogue-driven film.*** Despite being unpleasant, this is a must-see. Mostly one location. Ignore the low audience scores from the cretins. 74/45. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ****1/2/*****

Sorcerer (1977)
3 months ago via Movies on iPhone

An excellent and mesmerizing film that builds in tension and never lets up. Nerve wracking and unrelenting, it shows human reaction to a living hell. Ultimately there is no redemption for the unredeemed. A stunning performance by Roy Scheider. Superb soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Very underrated lost classic. The production problems were a thing of legend. Based on Georges Arnaud's THE WAGES OF FEAR. I prefer this color remake to the black and white original of the latter name. This film is a masterpiece. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED. I spoke to William Friedkin briefly about it once on Twitter. He was gracious.

The Edge of Seventeen
5 months ago via Movies on iPhone

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN was cute and decent... And slight. It flirted with larger issues without engaging them. The screenplay was good, but not great. The best part of the film is Woody Harrelson's interaction with Hailee Steinfeld. It was at these few moments that the film was at its best, and approached something greater. As such, it is an entertaining diversion, but not a great film. Go see it and enjoy it, but don't believe the hype. It's nowhere near the best film of the year. Recommended. ***.25/*****.