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  • Something Good - Negro Kiss

    Something Good - Negro Kiss

    ★★★★½

    The contrast between the tone of the portrayal here and how white filmmakers in the early days usually portrayed African-Americans is quite striking.

  • The Old Mill

    The Old Mill

    ★★★★★

    Oh man, what a tour de force of animation technique. I've been watching some Stan Brakhage films lately, too, and quite honestly this almost seemed Brakhage-esque in some ways, how it paints a portrait with editing and without any dialogue. Far-fetched? Maybe. Of course it's more accessible than Brakhage! Just amazing.

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  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

    ★★

    I've been watching some movies that I've felt were in the pop culture ether around me but I never saw or never saw all of. This is the first one of the batch that I've found disappointing. It never really clicked for me. Lots of stuff in here just seems silly to no purpose or like a big nerd wish fulfillment that doesn't seem earned. Like a whole lot of "hey wouldn't it be cool if I put this in a movie?" without good execution.

  • Saturday Night Fever

    Saturday Night Fever

    ★★★★½

    Another in my series of "movies in the pop culture ether that I had not watched all the way through" series, in this case I grew up in an age when John Travolta was seen as a joke and disco was haram to many, but boy does this movie sizzle. And not just in the dance scenes, but in the contrast between the disco and the world outside of the disco, where Tony hangs out with his asshole friends, lives…