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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

    I was so ready to love this. I loved Brick and The Brothers Bloom and enjoyed Looper a lot. The Force Awakens is not perfect, but it set up the new characters so well and had momentum, stakes and consequences. 
    I don’t want to be negative, but I don’t understand which movie everyone else seems to be seeing... It guess it’s alright but there constantly were little things that bothered me and in the end, nothing fundamentally changed or evolved…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Quick refresher before Wednesday. Picked up some nuances that I’d forgotten. 
    Still so much fun! Really the only downside is the plot repetition, but the new and old characters make up for that in spades and make that so easy to forget while you’re watching. Excited! I loved Ryan Johnson since Brick, high expectation (and therefor also nervous). 

    Btw, what’s with all that business about who The Last Jedi refers to? It’s literally mentioned two or three times that it’s Luke. Including in the crawl.

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★½

    Zero regrets about driving 400km to see this in 70mm. Got a little introduction about the history of 70mm film and some of its merits before the start. Very cool experience, including the overture and intermission to set the mood (didn't realize until now that intermissions aren't standard in the US, they are here).

    This film obviously looked great, obviously has stellar dialogue and obviously has awesome performances. Scene after scene of trademark Tarantino suspense building until an explosion of spectacular violence breaks out, just to start building up to another.

    Pretty much loved everything about it.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    Hard to put a number down for this one. There's so much to love but also some elements I didn't like or made me need to rewatch this and the original to make sure. 

    In a lot of ways I might like it more than the original. They found a great way to make Gosling's character a lot more emotionally resonant than Deckard in the first. In other ways it confused me about Deckards relationships in the first and made…