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  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Sep, 2016

    This is a terrific, heartfelt, genuine, and touching film, and a tremendous follow-up to Rocky that both honors the original and sets the tone for a new story for an all-new generation.

    Ryan Coogler has essentially remade the original Rocky, right down to the ending (the Star Wars critics seemed to have missed that! Where is their outrage?), but does so in such a way that you can find no fault in the story. The similarities in fact serve the…

  • Into the Woods

    Into the Woods 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2016

    I didn't particularly like the songs, which is a problem when you're watching a musical, but the film itself was very well made and had some great visuals. However, the star of the show, without question, is Chris Pine. He is just brilliant as the aloof, naive, idiotic, and conceited Prince Charming. The film is worth watching for him alone.

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2013 9

    I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.

    The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2013 2

    This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.

    I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…