It's a longtime near-favorite of mine, though I concede that the midsection is weak, the main character is mostly uninteresting, the R. Lee Ermey scenes are probably popular for the wrong reasons (still totally entertaining though) and Kubrick was in full OCD throes by this time. Good anyway. (Hey, EWS is my favorite of his, so there.)
>Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Only saw the big Jimmy speech at the end. It struck me as faintly corny, but I could be wrong.
>Out of the Past
Good classic noir and good smoking.
It's mostly a classic. Not all the stories are that compelling, it's true, but most of them are and hey if you're interested in the 70s it's a must, both as a 70s film and a commentary on the 70s. Joe is partially correct about the movie condescending to the country music scene a bit (real country musicians apparently mostly hated the movie and the locals didn't exactly like the liberal Altman and his crew hanging around, according to Joan Tewkesbury who wrote the movie). There are few if any redneck types in the movie, which I liked, and I even think the Henry Gibson character (modelled after Porter Wagoner, I think) faintly likable.
>The Sixth Sense
I still like this, and still have a DVD copy, but cannot be blown away by it anymore. In 1999 the twist was pretty awesome. I still think Shyamalan's jump scares are pretty good too. Too bad about most of the rest of his career.
>Raiders of the Lost Ark
It's good. And sick. God the Indiana Jones movies were so sick, sick, sick.
It's good. I don't give a crap about the subtext or symbolism anymore, (and think Rio Bravo, while a good movie too, doesn't "refute" this movie at all.) I just enjoy it as a real-time action movie.
I still like it, but it has some very very crass elements to it and the Baaahhston Irish thing is trumpeted very very loud.