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La grande illusion (1937)
So much human decency!
There is not a single scene which I hated. Grand Illusion has one of those rare touches to it in the film industry. If the full 114 minute edition of it was released in 1937 (and not the butchered one), it would've been guaranteed a Best Picture win. I found the Criterion of it as a godsend (allegedly out of print) and quickly grabbed it before anyone else would get their hands on it. I love this movie to death. It's my new all-time favorite now. Even though I consider "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Pink Floyd The Wall" the greatest films I have ever had the fortune of bearing witness to, Grand Illusion takes the cake. Yet there is so much human decency throughout this film, Grand Illusion would share that cake without hesitation. No-one told me about this movie. Criterion's library made me stumble upon this masterpiece. This film also has a special place in my heart, as the first Criterion movie I ever purchased. If you are depressed, or down, and enjoy foreign films, then watch this movie. If effects last longer than 4 hours, then this movie did a pretty good job on you.
Scanners is turning 30 this year (or already has turned 30) and is a landmark in horror, sci-fi, even film itself. With its famous Head Explosion scene, and terrifying concept of telekinesis + Government, David Cronenberg's Scanners is a great horror movie.
Although Stephen Lack wasn't so great and Lacked (sorry) talent, Michael Ironside ultimately saves the film as the sociopath scanner that gets the movie plot going even more. Hell, he was better than Patrick McGoohan who played Dr. Ruth. Jennifer O'Neill looked scared and scarred throughout her entire screen-time, which fits her character.
This movie is not only enjoyable by Horror-movie-buffs, but it is unlike any other horror movie (kinda like The Shining, except extra sanity is in this film). This film also made me appreciate the power of telekinesis more than before, and almost made me jealous of people like Darryl Revok and Cameron Vale who posses the ultimate power, but then I realized this is reality.