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  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

    I'm forgoing the star-rating on this because it's mostly impossible. This feels like if Lasse Hallström set out to make one of his patented Lasse Hallström films, temporarily suffered amnesia and decided to remake COFFY instead, then recovered enough to finish it as a Lasse Hallström movie. All of which is appropriate as I don't think I've felt this shook by a modern movie since Hallström's own SAFE HAVEN. If there's one central message that this film is ultimately trying to convey, I think it's this one: "fuck the police".

    Also there are like 3 legitimately good shots in this.

  • Working Girl

    Working Girl

    ★★★★

    Another entry in the roughly 1,000 movies made in the 80's about "trying to get ahead in business in New York", but such a flawlessly executed slice of adult entertainment that you don't mind at all. Griffith's performance is especially noteworthy and maybe the best of her run of classic mid-80's roles. This is the kind of crowd-pleasing, three-act structure drama/comedy that used to get made by big studios all the time, but now sadly only get made by indie companies and shown in art house theaters with charmless nobodies in the cast. But that's business for you.

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  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    Did the math, and I do believe, on a purely technical level, "Get away from her you bitch!" does in fact pass the Bechdel test.

  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    Young Baz Luhrmann: "Hey mom! Look what I found in the dumpster: it's some old book!"

    Mom Luhrmann: "Honey, put that thing back where you found it and get back to filming me throwing glitter at your father."

    Young Baz: "But ma! It's got some superficial romance and a melodramatic tragedy of an ending and some subtle political commentary that I can wash over if not ignore completely!"

    Mom: "Well, okay honey, I'll let you read it just this one…