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  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Aug, 2016

    I said pretty much all I can think to say about the movie and how I feel about it when I last saw it three years ago and wrote about it in my Letterboxd diary then. I'm still an apologist for the film, which I maintain has been unfairly bashed for the last 27 years. I still love the emphasis on the camaraderie between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. I still love Jerry Goldsmith's score. And yes, I still love that…

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Aug, 2016

    I have no idea how many times over the last quarter century I've seen this movie. Tonight, I saw it for the first time on Blu-ray. I noticed two things that had never really crossed my mind before. One is how odd it is that Gillian, a whale specialist with a doctoral degree, should be leading tour groups. It's not out of the realm of possibility, but it certainly feels conspicuous now that I've thought about it.

    The other matter,…

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  • Sicko

    Sicko 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2013 3

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting

    The Sting 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 2

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…