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  • American Movie

    American Movie

    ★★★★½

    How could you not love this documentary? This is a greatly humorous, entertaining, sad-but-ultimately-encouraging love letter to ultra-amateur filmmaking, filled with colorful characters that seem so fully realized and quirky that you start to think, "Is this actually a scripted MOCKumentary?" Mark Borchardt, the Wisconsin wannabe director that is the main subject, is a guy I found really fascinating - very flawed, to be sure, but many likable aspects about him and ultimately someone to root for, the guy just…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★½

    Pretty sure I could see Toby Jones dying a little inside each time he had to say "Indo-raptor".

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  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★½

    This is a terrific film from Jim Jarmusch - cool and stylish as you might expect from this filmmaker, with an assured dose of humor. The combination of samurai philosophy, Mafia/gangster film over a hip-hop soundtrack was pulled off surprisingly well. The juxtaposition of the two defunct or fading ways of life, Ghost Dog's adherence to 18th century Japanese samurai code and the aging mobsters who are clearly on the way out, was very interesting. Long-time character actor Henry Silva…

  • Julien Donkey-Boy

    Julien Donkey-Boy

    ★★½

    After further contemplation, I think I was overly harsh on my rating but oh well. This is certainly a unique film stylistically, and hey, I'm still thinking about it so that has to be a good sign. Anyways, Ewen Bremner...whoa. A performance so scarily authentic, it's hard to believe he's not like Julien in real life.