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  • The Buddy Holly Story 1978

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Aug, 2014

    Starring Gary Busey as the early Rock 'n Roll legend of its title, 1978's "The Buddy Holly Story" is a somewhat flat biopic elevated by a great performance and even greater music. It is a paint-by-numbers affair turned enjoyable-yet-tragic by its subject musician.

    Steve Rash's film follows the rise of Buddy Holly from his Lubbock, Texas roots through his meteoric rise in pop music. The audience is never allowed under Holly's skin, but struggles, women, and his work fill in…

  • The Great Waldo Pepper 1975

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2014 4

    George Roy Hill, William Goldman, and Robert Redford reprise their "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" teaming in "The Great Waldo Pepper," an entertaining period drama about a man trying to recapture glory he may have never had to begin with. Taking place after World War I, the film is a visually detailed, solidly assembled, and frequently exhilarating piece of work.

    Making his way as a postwar barnstormer, Redford's Waldo Pepper is a man trying to grab fame he never…

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  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 32

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2014 13

    Considered by many to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is a gritty, textured tale steeped in the tragedy of war and a character-driven sense of humor. The grit and sly, subtle humor make Leone's epic fully engrossing and widely entertaining.

    The film's premise is a streamlined thing of Western genre beauty: three men are on the trail of a treasure trove of gold buried in a cemetery.…