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  • The Birds

    The Birds 1963

    ★★½ Watched 25 Aug, 2016

    Sure, it's a classic. And yes, it's very effective.

    But this isn't the kind of horror that scares me. It just aggravates and annoys me.

    My favorite scenes involve Melanie, Annie, and Mitch's mother... and no birds. Those three are the most interesting characters in the bunch, and their conversations are like volatile chemistry experiments that influenced the imagination of David Lynch. Whenever their interactions gave way to more bird attacks, I lose my patience with the movie.

    And the…

  • The BFG

    The BFG 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2016 1

    The BFG is the work of a master craftsman who gives himself the luxury of play. It so boundlessly and beautifully imaginative. And the light and color throughout are extraordinary.

    Thoughts I had watching this film:

    1. It's too bad that the giants' dialect annoys so many people. I've heard so many complaints. I think it blinded them to the moment-to-moment extravagance of this, perhaps Spielberg's most virtuosic visual feast. There is more playful imagination in the film's first sequence…

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  • Selma

    Selma 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Jan, 2015 5

    Thank God Almighty.

    Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.

    Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…

  • The World's End

    The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2013 1

    I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…