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  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 1989

    ★½ Rewatched 09 Jul, 2014 3

    I hadn't seen Star Trek V since it was in heavy rotation on HBO. Whenever it came up in conversation, I always insisted that William Shatner's sole feature as a director wasn't good but also wasn't as bad as its reputation suggested. The scene everyone always cites first as evidence of its awfulness is Kirk, Spock and Bones singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" around a campfire; it's cheesy, sure, but it's funny. After rewatching it, I still think it's…

  • The Right Stuff 1983

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Jul, 2014

    I'm short on time tonight and trying in vain to catch up on here, so I'll recommend Roger Ebert's original review, which is one of my favorites of his. I particularly appreciate the last paragraph; the movies he ties together, in addition to what he says about them, are all epic stories of the complicated and darker aspects of the American character; they're not blindly patriotic, but some of them, by looking at portions of our national narrative clearly and…

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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…