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  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Mar, 2015

    "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," Steven Spielberg's follow-up to his triumphant "Jurasssic Park," dispenses with the grandeur and awe of its predecessor, aiming squarely for dark thrills and monster movie mayhem. His sequel is a rollicking roller coaster ride of chases, escapes, and special effects-driven excitement. It may lack the sci-fi-centric soul of the first film, but it is an engrossing whirlwind of thunder lizard-inspired tension and danger.

    The narrative of "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" does not necessarily thicken…

  • Anastasia

    Anastasia 1997

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Mar, 2015

    History and fantasy collide in "Anastasia," a charming musical epic about a young woman discovering her identity. With director, Gary Goldman, and producer, Don Bluth, at the helm, the animated film moves to its own family-film rhythms; and, though the production can not fully escape the shadow of the era's Disney greats, it manages to strike a chord almost all its own.

    Based on the last days of Russia's Romanov dynasty but hammed up with a touch of dark magic,…

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  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 31

    "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.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Dec, 2014 12

    Anxiety. Sadness. Anger. Loneliness. Longing. Rage. Whimsy. Exuberance. Love. In the space of 90 or so minutes, Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic drama observes all of these moods, emotions, and movements. Like an allegory of the mind and heart, Anderson's put-upon everyman communicates these shades while the film captures life's mental, emotional journey though the narrative lens of a single character and the stylistic canvas of a remarkable film.

    On the surface, "Punch-Drunk Love" is about a business man whose life…