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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★

    Very much a post 9/11, post Jason Bourne, post Batman Begins take on 007. Steely, serious, no nonsense. I've resisted Daniel Craig's take on 007 simply because I think Timothy Dalton was doing the 'serious Bond' thing first, but with more currents of charm than Craig. Dalton seems more grounded, able to smile, flirt, and put his guard down at times and be more, well, human.

    People (at the time) weren't really into Dalton and he left after two movies…

  • Light of My Life

    Light of My Life

    ★★★★

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

    Strong stuff. The trajectory would have been better if it were even more conflict free. Well not conflict free exactly, more violence free. There's an interesting dynamic here where Casey Affleck's character has to live in chronic fear and paranoia over his daughter, but the reality might be (and often is) better than his worst fears. That's the story that makes this stronger than other films of its ilk; that the Affleck character's cynicism about the worst in people (and…

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  • Pump Up the Volume

    Pump Up the Volume

    ★★★★★

    The cinematic equivalent of trading in your Poison tape for a Pixies CD.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    Steven Spielberg's Steve Buscemi's "How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?"