Classic Reviews

A cinephile’s cheat sheet with reviews of the most essential movies from the best directors of the last century, including Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, and Woody Allen.

The Shining Review

The Shining Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic interpretation of Stephen King’s The Shining is … interesting. Technically,…

Barry Lyndon Review

Barry Lyndon Review

RATING: (4 STARS) One would think a three-hour British period drama would be something to endure,…

A Clockwork Orange Review

A Clockwork Orange Review

RATING: (4 STARS) It’s hard to watch a film set in the future, especially a dystopian…

A Night to Remember Review

A Night to Remember Review

RATING: (4 STARS) When Titanic was released in 1997, it was hailed as the ultimate “four-quadrant”…

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Review

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Comedy doesn’t get much darker than Dr. Strangelove, which is Stanley Kubrick‘s grand…

The War Room

The War Room

Presented in a shockingly hands-off fashion, The War Room is the most insightful look at politics…

Lolita Review

Lolita Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Lolita is a weird movie, even for Stanley Kubrick. The poster for it…

Spartacus Review

Spartacus Review

RATING: (3 STARS) It’s been written by many that Spartacus was more the baby of Kirk…

The Killing Review

The Killing Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Though his later films would take us to space, the battlefront, the war…

Paths of Glory Review

Paths of Glory Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Even the most fervent foreign policy hawks would likely have a hard time…

Night Train to Munich Review

Night Train to Munich Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Night Train to Munich shows what would happen if you dropped Mission: Impossible‘s…

Interiors Review

Interiors Review

RATING: (3 STARS) After directing the Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, Woody Allen was essentially given the…

Diabolique Review

Diabolique Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Director Henri-Georges Clouzot is often referred to as the “French Hitchcock.” If that’s…

The Wages of Fear Review

The Wages of Fear Review

RATING: (4 STARS) The Wages of Fear is filmmaking at its absolute finest. The tension and…

McCabe and Mrs. Miller Review

McCabe and Mrs. Miller Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller is a hypnotic, awe-inspiring film. It’s a…

Blow Out Review

Blow Out Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) While Blow Out feels like a typical thriller, it earns big points for…