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  • China

    China

    Dollar store Casablanca. Fun to see some stuff that would be directly lifted by Spielberg in Raiders, but otherwise not much here.

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    There’s not a wasted minute in it. Everyone is terrific. The way it immediately draws you into these characters and this setting with allusions to history – both real and fictional – rather than laying everything out up front is masterful. It’s about as perfect as movies get.

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    I just got to see STAR WARS projected from an immaculate 70mm print. The original STAR WARS, pre-special edition (“A New Hope” was on the crawl, but otherwise unaltered). It’s an impossible dream come true, and I’m so extremely grateful for this opportunity. It was a 70mm print struck for the UK in ‘81 that was never screened because it tore the first time it was projected. There’s about two seconds of major damage right as the Death Star explodes,…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    This is going to be a stream of consciousness mess that’ll be chock-a-block full of spoilers, so you probably shouldn’t read this.

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    This movie is enormously frustrating. The first half of the film is a hot mess. I don’t know that there’s a shot in the first hour of the film that lasts longer than five seconds. Faster, more intense indeed, and yet nothing of substance actually happens in all this sound and fury.

    The second half…