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  • Jaws 1975

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jul, 2014

    Whenever anyone accuses Spielberg of being falsely sentimental, I think of the opening scene of Jaws, specifically the moment when the shark's first victim screams "God, help me!" right before disappearing into the ocean. He may be a sentimental guy, sometimes to a fault, but he can also be as brutal as most of the horror filmmakers of his generation. Spielberg's prankish sensibilities may be more muted in recent years, but rewatching Jaws, which features both the gory death of…

  • Avatar 2009

    ★★★ Rewatched 30 Jun, 2014 4

    This was my first rewatch since Avatar when it was released, and unsurprisingly, it is indeed a great big-screen experience and a so-so movie. Even on our TV, the depth and detail of the world James Cameron and his effects team created is impressive, but the story and characters barely held my interest. For all the money onscreen, the funniest and most relatably human moment is Sigourney Weaver waking up from a cryogenic sleep and barking "Where's my goddamn cigarette?"…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 7

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…