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  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona 1987

    ★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2016

    Like Sam Raimi shooting Howard Hawks, but nowhere near as good as that sounds.

    The Coen Brothers' brand of farce works best when aimed at a specific target (Hollywood convention, usually), but Raising Arizona is all forward momentum with no particular destination. Cage and Hunter are likeable once the film actually slows down and allows them to be something other than caricatures. To say the film opens weakly is an understatement, but it gradually improves by focusing its energy on…

  • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

    Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 2016

    ★★★ Watched 23 Sep, 2016

    Inquisitive yet paranoid, Herzog's skeptical philosophising raises interesting questions, even if the piecemeal structure undermines his thesis.

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...

    It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.

    Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Man's reach exceeds his grasp. So does Nolan's.

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/interstellar