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Re-watch via a quality DVD rather than that piece of shit upload available on Amazon Prime. There's no contest for me that this is the best film of the 1930's I've watched so far. Not that that's many, but still, it's a tough act to beat.
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Chinese Armageddon on steroids. Not brilliant but highly entertaining and action packed (just donĀ“t think about the awful acting, motivation of the characters, and the lines):
Man-Tat Ng, Jing Wu, Guangjie Li, Mike Kai Sui, Jin Mai Jaho, and Chuxiao Qu in Liu lang di qiu (2019)


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Hmm...not great, but still fairly entertaining sci-fi:
Soldier (1998)
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Decent noir.



I'd already seen the Coen Brothers remake and unlike most liked it, but this is probably objectively better. Damn is Alec Guinness bloody creepy and sinister in this.



Went in not expecting much - pleasantly surprised, though I don't think it's a watch more than once kind of movie. 



Entertaining enough comedy drama, though predictable in just about everything that happens. 



Another excellent Hitchcock. This must have been pretty poignant in 1940 given it's subject about WW2 breaking out and showing London being bombed, before London was actually bombed IRL. 



Shit with a capital SHIT. It ought to be illegal to make horror movies this bad. No atmosphere, terrible characters who make you not give a crap about them, generic plot and a bad CGI monster all done up in a genuinely creepy DVD cover (not the above image) rife with misinformation about the movie including it's running time.



Re-watch of this western gem.



While I do think it's the weakest of Martin McDonagh's three movies so far, it's still bloody brilliant. It just has the misfortune of being released between In Bruges and Three Billboards.



Highly enjoyable drama. 
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I may be committing sacrilege by saying this, but I found this movie corny as fuck. Somehow I still really enjoyed it. 



It's a solid enough war drama, but they stand around talking about it more than actually fighting the war it seems. 



Stylish & violent, with a great cast that includes Brolin, Gosling and Penn among others, it should be one hell of a gangster movie. Only it isn't. Not bad per se but so much less than the sum of its parts. 
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Fritz Lang's third and final western. I enjoyed Western Union previously, but this one is better. 



Don Siegel film. Originally written with Eastwood in mind, who turned it down. Bit of a gem even without him. 



Slow burn western drama about an old cowboy at the end of the Old West era. 



Another John Huston gem. 



Pre-Code gangster movie from 1931. While not as good or as extreme as Scarface (which remains 15 rated here in the UK where this is just PG) it's an essential piece of genre history. There's also something more authentic about watching prohibition gangster movies from this era. These actors and filmmakers lived it. 



WW2 spy movie with some noirish qualities (wouldn't call it a full noir myself though). A weaker one from Fritz Lang, but still very solid. He's fast become a favourite director of mine, especially among those active in the 1930s or earlier, along with Hitchcock. 


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Fritz Lang gem. Obvious influence from Bonnie and Clyde's story in the ending, even only a few years after they were killed. 



Henry Fonda western. Pretty solid.



Western meets samurai, which a lot of them borrowed or stole from in the first place. A gem.  
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Well that was fucking twisted. 
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All 4.5 hours of it. Replaces Metropolis as the oldest film I've seen and Once Upon a Time in America as the longest. 
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I barely remember the first one. This one falls into the categories of stylish but generic sci-fi action disaster movie and unnecessary sequel. 
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Not a noir but a few simple tweaks here and there and it so easily could have been. A very good showbiz film all the same.
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Far from essential Hitchcock, but still a compelling legal drama. 
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I don't go for sporting films much but this is much more a drama about the people than the sport involved. I enjoyed it.



The last of the main five 30's gangster movies I hadn't seen. 



Weaker Hitchcock, but still worth watching.



Fritz Lang's sound sequel to Dr. Mabuse the Gambler. Being under two hours it's much more manageable than the earlier silent film. It's also a semi-sequel to M, featuring the same police inspector in a leading role. Makes you wonder what Lang would have made had he not had to flee Germany because of the Nazi rise to power. 



Spoiler: nothing came at night. Really didn't rate this one. 
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A good Fritz Lang noir, though the plot borrows a bit too heavily from Rebecca, most famously adapted by Hitchcock some years before this, for comfort. 
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A mixed bag of found footage horror. Some is naff, some is compelling and full of tension, the way the format should be. Overall worthwhile.



Noir transplanted from the usual US setting to Ireland. Very good stuff.



Quality western.



Also a quality western. 



British gangster noir. Very good movie.
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And with that I set myself a new record: 100 movies in a single month. 
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