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  • WHAT DID JACK DO?

    WHAT DID JACK DO?

    ★★★★

    "They say real love is a banana— sweet with a golden hue.”

    As with all of Lynch's work, the more questions you ask yourself abut what you're seeing, the more you realize your questions are answering themselves.

  • An American in Paris

    An American in Paris

    ★★★★

    Gene Kelly musicals are like good action movies for me. If I haven't seen it before, I always go in knowing that if Kelly's involved, some cool stuff is going to happen onscreen. The story of aspiring artist Jerry Mulligan is a straightforward love triangle in post-WWII Paris, but Kelly's stunning choreography elevates the material to new heights culminating in a marvelous fantasy dance sequence set in one of Mulligan's paintings.

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  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★★½

    X-Men works well because it stuck to its budget and focused on establishing all of the main characters. There wasn’t a presumption that there’d be endless sequels, so the film feels unburdened in that way compared to recent superhero flicks. Solid action (without too much dated CGI), memorable humor, and a focused theme all make this a worthwhile rewatch.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★½

    I enjoy this movie way more than most people due to its cerebral storytelling and wild production design. Capitalizing on the popularity of Star Wars was the perfect opportunity to bring Star Trek to the big screen, but this film is very quiet with minimal action which I think alienated some folks. 

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture seems modeled more after 2001: A Space Odyssey with its trippy visuals and existential contemplation. What it does well is reunite the crew…