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.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Often, the second in a trilogy is the strongest of the bunch. Look…

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Review

RATING: (4 STARS) When New Line Cinema executives agreed to bankroll this massive project, to be…

Requiem for a Dream Review

Requiem for a Dream Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky’s sophomore effort and his best film to…

Chinatown Review

Chinatown Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Chinatown is an undeniable classic from a true master of cinema, Roman Polanski.…

United 93 Review

United 93 Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Perfectly capturing the chaos of the defining moment of my generation, “United 93”…

Magnolia Review

Magnolia Review

RATING: (4 STARS) After the critical and financial success he had with “Boogie Nights,” New Line…

The Bridge on the River Kwai Review

The Bridge on the River Kwai Review

RATING: (4 STARS) “The Bridge on the River Kwai” is a fascinating look at war, its…

Double Indemnity Review

Double Indemnity Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Everyone knows film noir. Film fans have enjoyed (or been subjected to, depending…

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