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  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    What should have been a nasty little genre film fails to capitalize on its promises along the way. The punk-rock theme is dropped five minutes in; the trapped-in-a-room mechanic is overcomplicated and repeatedly rejected; the punks-vs-neonazis layer just doesn't add and isn't reflected anywhere. I really really wanted to dig this movie, but it's far too fuzzy and clunky for me.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia 1962

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2016

    You know it's true, but I'm going to tell you again: you have got to see this in a theater, on 70 mm.

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Aug, 2013

    It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.

  • The Master

    The Master 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    It's perfectly fine for a movie to have an elusive core, to not be about anything in particular. But when that is the case, it should at least populate the screen with enough varied ideas to invite engagement. The Master is a claustrophobic, one-track tale(?) and so the overwhelming emotions it invokes are befuddlement and, often, boredom.

    The titular Master is very mildly based on Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard, and references that spell this out do the movie no favors,…