John’s Hall of Fame

My most essential movies. You’ll see plenty of four-star reviews around these parts, but John’s Hall of Fame represents the best of the best.

Carol Review

Carol Review

RATING: (4 STARS) You think you know what it is to want until you sit in…

Odd Man Out Review

Odd Man Out Review

RATING: (4 STARS) It’s finally happening: Director Carol Reed is getting the recognition he deserves. Of…

Barry Lyndon Review

Barry Lyndon Review

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

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 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…

Grand Illusion Review

Grand Illusion Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Charlie Chaplin was once asked who he thought was the greatest director in…

Days of Heaven Review

Days of Heaven Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Days of Heaven is a major step up for filmmaker Terrence Malick. While…

Certified Copy Review

Certified Copy Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Look up the term “art house film” in the movie dictionary, and you…

12 Angry Men Review

12 Angry Men Review

RATING: (4 STARS) As far as directorial debuts are concerned few are as good as Sidney…

The Big Lebowski Review

The Big Lebowski Review

RATING: (4 STARS) The Big Lebowski has to be one of the most absurd movies I’ve…

Fargo Review

Fargo Review

RATING: (4 STARS) It really doesn’t get much better than Fargo. The Coen Brothers’ films are…

Singin’ in the Rain Review

Singin’ in the Rain Review

RATING: (4 STARS) When I watched My Fair Lady for the first time a few weeks…

Once Upon a Time in the West Review

Once Upon a Time in the West Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Once Upon a Time in the West is like the ultimate adult fairy…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Until 2008, David Fincher was primarily a genre director—a damn good one, for…

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