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  • The Childhood of a Leader

    The Childhood of a Leader 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2016

    Kept cranking the volume on this thing higher and higher until the Scott Walker freakouts started giving the dog a panic attack.

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  • A Touch of Zen

    A Touch of Zen 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2016 1

    My first King Hu. I basked. Film it most brought to mind was HEAVEN'S GATE. Plot is virtually incidental, way the down the list below real priorities like beauty and scope.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2015

    A magnum opus. A heavy metal WAGES OF FEAR. I was not let down even one little bit. Miraculous.

    The insta-reactions:

    Was so worried what would happen if FURY ROAD didn't meet my expectations, I didn't stop to think what would happen if it did. AAAAAAAAAHHH!

    FURY ROAD reveals what we thought were the impressive large scale action films of the last 20 years to have actually been total chickenshit.

    George Miller to James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, all of Marvel and others: "You're not metal."

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2015

    Slightly awkward how this is AN EXACT COPY of A NEW HOPE. But fine, it doesn't hurt anything. Abrams sticks to his brand -- It Won't Suck (TM) -- keeps it pretty neutral with the new faces and pretty irresistible with the old ones. Everyone's good with this, right? We're good? Good.

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