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And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – All About Eve

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By Gary Kafer

      Margo Channing stirs the olive in her dry martini. With a knowing countenance, she plucks out the garnish before swallowing the entire cocktail in one gulp. Handing off the emptied glass, Margo sidles beyond her companions, momentarily pauses on the balustrade, and turns to declare with all the ostentatiousness one might expect from an aging Broadway starlet: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

And You Call Yourself a FIlm Buff?! – La Grande Illusion

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By Gary Kafer

As the aristocratic French Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) lies prostrate on his death bed, a gunshot wound in his stomach just off screen, he utters to his assassin, the German Rittmeister von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim): “For a commoner, dying in a war is a tragedy. But for you and I, it’s a good way out.” And so goes ‘the grand illusion’ of Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterpiece, a war film that is curiously less about the hostilities of World War I, and perhaps more concerned with a shared humanism in the wake of an abrupt new world order.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Full Metal Jacket

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By Gary Kafer

If war has become its own cinematic genre, then certainly Vietnam movies constitute a certain subgenre, populated with critically acclaimed works like Platoon, The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now. An intricate piece of a tumultuous era in history, the Vietnam War has since occupied a precarious position in the collective memory of the American consciousness as an incredibly unpopular armed conflict rife with discontent both on the frontlines and the home front.

It is here that Stanley Kubrick inserts his controversial 1987 Full Metal Jacket – a piercing, violent, and unwavering depiction of the psychological and physical trauma experienced during the Vietnam War.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – North By Northwest

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By Gary Kafer

It’s often said that you know a Hitchcock film when you see it: the platinum blonde seductress, the motif of mistaken identity, the deployment of famous landmarks, and, of course, the oh-so-oedipal mother/son relationships. Cued in a majority of his movies, these integral elements not only produce groundbreaking moments of suspense, but also signal an auteur at work. It perhaps seems somewhat suspicious, or shall I even say sacrilegious, to consider myself a “film buff” without seeing his 1959 masterpiece North By Northwest, which screenwriter Ernest Lehman reportedly deemed: “the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures.”

PFS Rapid Review – Nebraska

Nebraska

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By Gary Kafer

Winning Best Actor at Cannes and now nominated for several Oscars, Alexander Payne’s offbeat road movie penetrates the oft-neglected landscape of Middle America. But despite its humble narrative, Nebraska’s stunning performances pitched against exquisite black-and-white cinematography wax a subtle melancholia and quiet reverence for an old man who thinks he won a million dollars.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Sixth Sense

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By Gary Kafer

Even for someone who never saw M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 masterpiece in theaters or kept up interest with the director’s career, Cole Sear’s iconic line, “I see dead people” (whispered by a haunting Haley Joel Osment), has become a landmark for contemporary supernatural dramas. However, the film always remained on the periphery of my cinephile radar, ironically for the very reason it was such a success when it debuted – its twist ending.