aklingus

I’m just this guy, you know? Opinions mine and mine alone, gotta always have that in my bio.

Favorite films

  • Dazed and Confused
  • F for Fake
  • The Irishman
  • The Shining

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  • Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

  • The Poseidon Adventure

    ★★★½

  • Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

  • Mallrats

    ★★½

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  • The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'

    The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'

    ★★★★

    If nothing else, the fact that this came out tells you George Lucas really doesn’t have an ego, because it’s hard to think of too many directors that would sign off on this brutally candid a look into the filmmaking process, especially the modern filmmaking process. Watching this slow motion disaster unfold, watching Lucas make every wrong creative choice, or him muttering about how blatantly aping the original trilogy is like poetry, or the stunned faces at the end of…

  • The Hangover

    The Hangover

    Because I have nothing to say about this movie I loved in 2009 and don’t care about now, here’s one of the 2 or 3 interesting stories about my life. In 2010 I was staying at my aunt’s house in Las Vegas when Scott Pilgrim vs The World came out, and I was so knocked out by it that I saw it on consecutive days (the only time I’ve done that, although I’ve seen movies twice in a week before).…

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    A review of the original 1979 version in glorious 4K:

    Francis Ford Coppola spent an entire year of his actual life and countless years off the back end of his life making this, widely considered one of the greatest war films ever made, and it’s held up magnificently forty-odd years and two different cuts later. You could be forgiven for wondering if the same guy that did The Godfather really did this, with the beautiful painting-like compositions of that flick replaced…

  • The Poseidon Adventure

    The Poseidon Adventure

    ★★★½

    One of the most famous of disaster movies, a sweaty and melodramatic tension machine larded with famous actors and done completely with practical effects. Makes a great deal of hay out of the premise of the ship being upside down, forcing the characters to think in unconventional ways, with the ever-present knowledge that nature is working as a built-in clock. The characters are well-drawn enough to feel genuine pathos towards, Hackman in particular turns in a real “I’m Gene Hackman…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Buhhh. 200 million dollars and we got:

    1. A movie with brutally bad special effects - those memed scenes were par for the course in terms of how this movie looks

    2. A movie at least 45 minutes longer than it should have been, paced absolutely atrociously, that sags like a twenty-five year old mattress halfway through

    3. Acting that ranges from “acceptable” (Chris Pine) to “truly atrocious” (Gadot, who truly acts like every movie is her first one)

    4.…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    I mean, look at my avatar again and tell me you were expecting another rating besides this one. Some thoughts:

    1. The big issue folks seem to have is the digital manipulation of the footage (eg the Smooth Ringo meme), and while it was maybe a bit too clean at times, the people on screen were miles away from the “wax figures” some grumpier folks compared them to, and the coloration absolutely pops off the screen in comparison to the…