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  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    ★★★★★ Added

    Originally written for the 2014 Muriel Awards Best Picture countdown.

    In many ways, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is the film to which Jim Jarmusch has been building for his entire career. Since he broke through with STRANGER THAN PARADISE three decades ago, Jarmusch has trained his camera time and again on society's outsiders- inept pimps, down-and-out deejays, cab drivers of all stripes, accountants in the Old West, and self-styled samurai assassins. Here, he focuses on a pair of centuries-old vampires,…

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979

    ★★★★ Added

    What the rep of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE among serious Trek fans? I would venture that it's probably better than the overall consensus, which is that it's slow and not a whole lot happens. Which yeah, the naysayers aren't wrong precisely, but part of what I loved about the film when I watched it last night was how perverse this feels for a blockbuster. Do you think Paramount had any idea that when they gave Gene Roddenberry $35 million…

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  • Oz: The Great and Powerful

    Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013

    ★★★ Added 1

    This is exactly the kind of movie that seems like it'll be ideal for a Yesterday's Hits-style anthropological assessment in a couple of decades. Those elements that have made this so popular- the wall-to-wall CGI-based spectacle, the four-quadrant-skewing reappropriation of one of the classics of Hollywood cinema- will probably be what makes this look quaint and dated over time. Yet it also promises to be fascinating in a number of ways.

    Most noticeably, this might be the first blockbuster I've…

  • Another Woman

    Another Woman 1988

    ★★★★½ Added 1

    For a while, I was sort of annoyed by Marion's tendency to narrate the events of her own life in such an on-the-nose manner. Then it hit me that OF COURSE Marion (Gena Rowlands, masterful) would do that- she's the sort of person who would want to neatly package all of her actions with a minimum of emotional fuss, just to "set the record straight," if only to herself. Once I got over that hump, the movie as a whole…