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The Breakfast Club (1985) ****

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Thomas Pynchon "Inherent Vice" (2009) ****

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Minority Report (2002) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 16]

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The Car (1977) ***1/2

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Downfall (2004) ***1/2

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) ****

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The ABCs Of Death 2 (2014) **1/2

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The Editor (2014) ****

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The Beyond (L'aldilà) (1981) ***1/2

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Saving Private Ryan (1998) **** [Berg-a-thon Pt. 15]

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Nightcrawler (2014) ****1/2

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Schindler's List (1993) ***** [Berg-a-thon Pt. 14]

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It Follows (2014) ***1/2

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Housebound (2014) ***

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Empire Of The Sun (1987) **** [Berg-a-thon Pt. 13]

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Focus On Film: Episode 27 – June 2015 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 27 is up!

All 3 hosts are back for this ep!
Download the MP3 HERE. In this episode: June 2015 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest/Worst Of The Month THE ARTIST (2011), THE GODFATHER: PART II(1974), BATTLE IN HEAVEN (2005), WATERSHIP DOWN (1978), WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS(2014), BIG HERO 6 (2014)"Criterion Most Wanted"
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

Scum (1979) ***

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The Sword Of Doom (Dai-bosatsu tôge) (1966) ****1/2

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Gentleman's Agreement (1947) ***

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Amistad (1997) **** [Berg-a-thon Pt. 12]

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The Color Purple (1985) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 11]

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Don't Look Now (1973) ****1/2

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Splendor In The Grass (1961) ***1/2

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Stop Making Sense (1984) *****

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A Face In The Crowd (1957) ****

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War Of The Worlds (2005) *** [Berg-a-thon Pt. 10]

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Battle In Heaven (2005) **

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The Loveless (1981) ***

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 9]

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**SPOILERS**
Every time I watch this film (this was probably my fourth time) I'm reminded of how much I love the first and second acts and how much the latter part of the third act all but derails the entire film. Spielberg's inability to end A.I.is a problem that has affected several of his films.
I'm firmly of the opinion that the last 30 minutes are unnecessary (I even think the film could possibly end at the point where David falls into the water, but before he sees the Blue Fairy). That final half hour takes away the mystery and melancholy tone of much of the film. I always tell myself that I'll shut the film off before the narration that precedes the alien visit (which I absolutely can't stand), but I never do (next time I will, I swear). The final Blue Fairy/alien/Monica scenes are just abysmal and cringe-worthy. I cannot stand scenes that overexplain things, like the Sydney Pollack scene in Eyes Wide Shut (more on Kubrickbelow). If not for the last over-sen…

Catch Me If You Can (2002) **** [Berg-a-thon Pt. 8]

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Jodorowsky's Dune (2013) ****1/2

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Thoughts from original viewing here.

Always (1989) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 7]

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Little Shop Of Horrors - Director's Cut (1986) ****1/2

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War Horse (2011) **** [Berg-a-thon Pt. 6]

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Fail-Safe (1964) ***1/2

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