Small Town in a Big City

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Small places present the filmmaker with a dilemma: Shooting a film is an act of revelation, of uncovering secrets, yet the essence of a small place is often its shyness, its ambiguity, the fact that it refuses to reveal itself.

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The Godfather

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From start to finish, The Godfather (1972) is a masterpiece of pacing and mood, and an excellent example of how the established relationship between cinema and architecture can be upheld while being used in completely fresh and exciting ways.

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Taxi Driver

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Martin Scorsese is widely considered the most influential American filmmaker of the last thirty years, and this is due in large part to his ability to capture the hectic energy of the city in which he grew up. In many ways, Taxi Driver (1976) is his most effective movie: an unrelenting portrait of angst, nihilism, and the debilitating effects of urban life on the psyche.

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How to Train Your Dragon

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As I walked out of the cinema, someone asked me why I thought How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is ten times better than Avatar (which I reviewed here). I said because I don’t feel cheated. Now that I’ve had time to think about it, I can give a better answer. What the heck, I’ll give ten better answers.

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The Ghost Writer

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Whatever happened to the Roman Polanski of such mind-blowing masterpieces as Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown?

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Avatar is yet another movie in the vein of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, The Last of the Mohicans and Apocalyto about the “fact” that white people are technology-driven golddiggers and indigenous communities are pure-spirited naturelovers.

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