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  • Touch of Evil (1958)

    The film opens with a three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot widely considered by critics[3] as one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history. On the U.S.-Mexico border, a man plants a time bomb in a car. A man and woman enter the vehicle and make a slow journey through town to the U.S. border. Newlyweds Miguel “Mike” Vargas (Charlton Heston) and Susie (Janet Leigh) pass the car several times on foot. The car crosses the border, then explodes, killing the occupants.

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    The Quick and the Dead (1995)

    An unnamed gunslinger, referred to as The Lady, enters the Old West town of Redemption circa 1881 where she enters a single elimination gunfighting contest held by Redemption’s ruthless leader, John Herod a former outlaw. She meets Cort, a former Herod henchman turned reverend, whom Herod forces to enter the contest and Fee “The Kid” Herod, a brash young gun shop owner who hopes to impress Herod, whom he believes to be his father, by winning the contest.

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    The Doors (1991)

    The film opens during the recording of Morrison’s An American Prayer and quickly moves to a childhood memory of his family driving along a desert highway. Young Jim sees an elderly native American dying by the roadside. The film picks up with Morrison’s arrival in California and his assimilation into the Venice Beach culture, followed by his film school days studying at UCLA; his introduction to his girlfriend Pamela Courson, his first encounters with Ray Manzarek, and the origin of the Doors: Morrison, Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore.

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    Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

    Posted in Drama

    The film depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen who are supplied with names and phone numbers of leads and regularly use underhanded and dishonest tactics to make sales. Many of the leads rationed out by the office manager lack either the money or the desire to actually invest in land.

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    The Conversation (1974)

    Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is a surveillance expert who runs his own company in San Francisco. Highly respected within the profession, Caul is obsessed with his own privacy; his apartment is almost bare behind its triple-locked door and burglar alarm, he uses pay phones to make calls, claims to have no home telephone and his office is enclosed in wire mesh in a corner of a much larger warehouse. Caul is utterly professional at work, but finds personal contact extremely difficult; dense crowds make him uncomfortable, and he is withdrawn and taciturn in more intimate social situations. His appearance is …

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    Hot Shots! (1991)

    The film begins at Flemner Air Base 20 years prior. A pilot named Leland “Buzz” Harley (Bill Irwin) loses control of his plane and ejects, leaving his co-pilot Dominic “Mailman” Farnum (Ryan Stiles) to crash alone; although Mailman survives, he’s mistaken for a deer owing to the branches stuck to his helmet and is shot by a hunter. Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) wakes up from a nightmare he’s having about the event when Lt. Commander Block (Kevin Dunn) asks him to return to active duty as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, to help on a new top secret mission: …

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    Metropolis (1927)

    Posted in Drama, Sci-Fi

    In the future, wealthy industrialists rule the vast city of Metropolis from high-rise tower complexes, while a lower class of underground-dwelling workers toil constantly to operate the machines that provide its power. The Master of Metropolis is the ruthless Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel), whose son Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) idles away his time in a pleasure garden with the other children of the rich. Freder is interrupted by the arrival of a young woman named Maria (Brigitte Helm), who has brought a group of workers’ children to see the privileged lifestyle led by the rich. Maria and the children are quickly …

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    The Game (1997)

    Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas) is a wealthy investment banker, but his success has come at a cost. He is estranged from both his ex-wife and his only brother, Conrad (Penn). He remains haunted from having seen his father commit suicide on the latter’s 48th birthday. On his own 48th birthday, Conrad presents Nicholas with an unusual gift—a voucher for a “game” offered by a company called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Conrad promises that it will change Nick’s life.

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    Stand by Me (1986)

    After reading a newspaper article about the death of his old friend, author Gordie Lachance recalls a childhood journey to find the body of a missing boy near the town of Castle Rock, Oregon, over Labor Day weekend in September 1959. Young Gordie is a quiet, bookish boy with a penchant for writing and telling stories. He is rejected by his father after the death of his football-star older brother Denny, who had paid more attention to Gordie than his parents did.

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