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  • The Furies

    The Furies


    Wild West Summer 2018
    19. Watch a Western with a strong female character


    She might be an occasionally vicious and evil queen, but that is her right and she will not be denied.

    All these characters are breathtakingly complex and compelling. I absolutely should have disliked all of them, but the performances were just so vital and riveting. Many films aspire to this kind of greatness and fall flat on their proverbial noses.

    There's a haze and mystique one finds in the Southwest and Anthony Mann captured that ethereal beauty in this film. Such a master.

  • North to Alaska

    North to Alaska


    Wild West Summer 2018
    13. Watch a Western with the name of a town, city or state in the title

    I selected this film purely for Stewart Granger but then he was barely present for half of it. Capucine was lovely, Fabian was disgusting as usual, John Wayne tried to be comical and mostly succeeded. I don't know if this was a western anyone needed, but it wasn't terrible.

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  • That Thing You Do!

    That Thing You Do!


    This is one of those films that isn't exactly critically acclaimed, but it's perfect and charming and I WILL FIGHT ANYONE WHO SPEAKS DISPARAGINGLY OF IT.

    The sets and costumes genuinely look and feel like the 1960s, and the script has boatloads of fun pop culture references for those familiar with the era. Tom Hanks lovingly shot That Thing You Do! through a haze of nostalgia for the 60's simpler world. He also wrote the script and acted in the…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi


    I’ve a bad case of Star Wars fatigue. I’m getting tired of franchise films. It was all fun for a while, but it’s getting so hard to care any more.

    All the same, I think Rian Johnson took The Last Jedi to good places. The fight in Snoke’s throne room? Love it. The random details along the way (like the green milk and the fish nuns) that made Star Wars feel weird and sci-fi again? I’m here for it. And honestly, the shots were pretty stellar.