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Conan the Barbarian - (1982 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082198/
http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/conan-the-barbarian/

With the power of Nietzsche, a barbarian-turned-warrior seeks revenge on those who killed his people.

I love it, but I'm biased because of this movie's significant influence on my early self.

Being "from back in the day", this movie is unashamedly-specific about its audience.

More recent sword-and-sorcery movies are watered-down to broaden their audience. Think The Lord of the Rings, which is a phenomenal movie in its own right, but its stark contrast has pushed movies like this one into a "classic" sub-genre. To fans of the recent movies, this one will seem crude.

For fans of the classic style, I'm confident in strongly recommending this. I think it stands out as good, and won't need to be considered "good, but only because of its historical significance".

  1. Conan the Barbarian - (1982 movie)
  2. Conan the Destroyer - (1984 movie)



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Highlander - (1986 movie) image

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091203/
www.Highlander-Official.com (archived)

A centuries-old man is embroiled in a sword-fight between other immortals.

This is one of those movies which forged my young self, but I cannot recommend to others. It definitely feels dated, and I doubt its ideas would be particularly shaping to others compared to the other movies created since this one.



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Dead Poets Society - (1989 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097165/

A coming of age story of a class of students learning poetry in an unorthodox way.

While I recommend and like this, it not great.

Something about it makes it feel somehow inelegant or simple, perhaps even predictable. Perhaps it stood out in its era, and it caught me at an impressionable moment for my first viewing, but as I watch it again it doesn't grab me much at all. I think this would be weakly-mandatory for creating a well-rounded movie-learning experience in someone young.



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Citizenfour - (2014) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4044364/
https://citizenfourfilm.com/

A documentary on, and interviews with, Edward Snowden.

I suppose it has some interesting material, and certainly the topic is great, but as a viewing experience this movie is boring as fuck.



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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - (2011 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340800/
http://www.tinker-tailor-soldier-spy.com

Something something Hungary something mole.

An incredibly slow and boring movie.



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Assassin's Creed - (2016 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2094766/
http://www.assassinscreedmovie.com/

A murderer is saved from death only to be used in an experiment to explore his ancestry.

It's an awkward combination of slowness with action. I suspect it could have been quite good, as it has the elements for it.. but the writing is shit in enough significant places that it can't recover. It has an abysmal resolution, making the whole experience regrettable.



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Missing: Bulletproof shield
Missing: Bulletproof shield

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451279/
http://wonderwomanfilm.com/

A pretty princess turned-warrior leaves paradise to hunt the god of war during World War II.

It's got a slow pace, good mood and is not your usual superhero flick. The pretty girl really makes this movie, even making up for the ugly male lead.



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Kill the Messenger - (2014 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/
http://www.focusfeatures.com/kill_the_messenger

An investigative reporter, most recently working on criminal drug stories, gets a lead that takes him down a rabbit hole few knew existed.

A fair movie at best, which I can only recommend for people of the mindset with interest in the United States' government's involvement in Bad Things.



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Midnight in Paris - (2011 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/
http://www.sonyclassics.com/midnightinparis/

A writer visiting contemporary Paris is repeatedly transported to 1920s Paris.

This has been described as a romantic comedy, but there is neither romance nor comedy to be found. It's dry and drags its feet.



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