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  • Labyrinth

    Labyrinth 1986

    ★★★ Watched 29 Apr, 2016

    I'm not sure how long it's been since I last saw Labyrinth, but it was chosen as the first movie in my friends' Backyard Movies Series for 2016. Though the radar was clear, we did get some drizzle just as we started the movie, which aligned eerily well with the in-story storm! These are the kinds of things that can't really be replicated indoors, and they certainly add to the enjoyment of these kinds of viewings.

    What stood out most…

  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront 1954

    ★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    First things first: Brando is every bit as commanding and fascinating as I'd heard. Early in the film, he's approached by a couple of investigators. One stands facing him; the other, behind. When Brando addresses the one behind, he turns to his right -- facing away from the camera.

    This isn't something that really stands out until you consider that in the posters for both Avengers movies, Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans are both shown with their faces revealed,…

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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…