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.

Do the Right Thing Review

Do the Right Thing Review

RATING: (4 STARS) *Caution: Mild spoilers may follow. Spike Lee has directed many joints in his…

Foreign Correspondent Review

Foreign Correspondent Review

RATING: (4 STARS) For a film that frequently goes way over the top, Foreign Correspondent is…

The Day of the Jackal Review

The Day of the Jackal Review

RATING: (4 STARS) The Day of the Jackal reminds me why I love the spy genre.…

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Review

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Review

RATING: (4 STARS) After the smashing success of The Terminator on home video and the brilliance…

The Dark Knight Review

The Dark Knight Review

RATING: (4 STARS) The sequel to the excellent “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” is only the…

Memento Review

Memento Review

RATING: (4 STARS) It was the film that introduced us all to Christopher Nolan. But “Memento”…

Aliens Review

Aliens Review

RATING: (4 STARS) James Cameron’s sequel to the Ridley Scott sci-fi/horror classic Alien is a whole…

The Godfather Review

The Godfather Review

RATING: (4 STARS) If I’m being honest, the first time I watched it, I didn’t want…

Inglourious Basterds Review

Inglourious Basterds Review

RATING: (4 STARS) You know something, Quentin Tarantino. I think this just might be your masterpiece.…

The French Connection Review

The French Connection Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Possibly the defining film in the gritty urban cop genre, “The French Connection”…

The Graduate Review

The Graduate Review

RATING: (4 STARS) The reason realism is such a sought after trait in movies is because…

2001: A Space Odyssey Review

2001: A Space Odyssey Review

RATING: (4 STARS) “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a transcendent experience. Calling it a film is…

Psycho Review

Psycho Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Alfred Hitchcock is usually regarded as one of film’s most talented directors. With…

Children of Men Review

Children of Men Review

RATING: (4 STARS) “Children of Men” is one of the most depressing films I’ve ever seen,…

The Departed Review

The Departed Review

RATING: (4 STARS) “The Departed” is director Martin Scorsese’s best work since “Taxi Driver.” Yeah, I…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review

RATING: (4 STARS) After two phenomenal films, Peter Jackson and the crew for “The Lord of…

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