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  • Star Wars
  • Casablanca
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • What's Up, Doc?

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  • Luck

    ★★

  • Fantastic Voyage

    ★★★½

  • Seabiscuit

    ★★★★½

  • Lightyear

    ★★★

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  • Hannah and Her Sisters

    Hannah and Her Sisters

    ★★★★★

    If Jesus ever came back, and saw what was going on in his name... he’d never stop throwing up. 

    This Woody Allen masterpiece is a significant film simply by virtue of the cast: Michael Caine and Diane Weist both won Oscars for supporting acting... and since there really aren’t any “lead” roles in Hannah and Her Sisters, it’s appropriate and indicative of the overall depth of this cast. Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Woody himself are memorable in their roles…

  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★★

    You’re upside down, sir. 

    I know what you’re thinking. “This is one of this guy’s four favorite movies?  Really?

    Perhaps it is from a disproportionately high exposure to The Three Stooges or Looney Tunes when I was a kid. Or Gilligan’s Island, for that matter. I’m not sure exactly how it all manifested itself over time, and the runner-ups are far, far too numerous and hilarious to mention, but this movie is my single favorite comedy. 
    There has to be…

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  • Luck

    Luck

    ★★

    58/100
    A great meta opportunity was missed, as the script *should* have shown someone in Bad Luck Land watching this very movie.
    Oh well. 

    Dismal, cringe-filled, circa 1992-quality animation.

  • Fantastic Voyage

    Fantastic Voyage

    ★★★½

    Streaming on HBOMAX. Realizing that while I’ve seen this movie many times, this is probably the first time to watch it in the full CinemaScope aspect ratio. Kind of a treat.

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  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11

    ★★★★★

    If time travel doesn’t exist, one can experience a fairly vivid approximation in Todd Douglas Miller’s fantastic documentary Apollo 11. Created almost entirely from archival footage, it’s an absolute joy for any fan of the space program, or sixties history in general.  

    And that footage... Miller found reel upon reel of never-before-seen footage that was shot on 65mm negatives for a never-produced NASA documentary. The celluloid is jaw-dropping in its extreme clarity; it’s as if Miller hopped into a Delorean,…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★½

    I’ll write a spoiler review later, but for now... this is a really fun film. Big ensemble events like this can be hard to pull off; there’s pressure to create an opportunity for each individual character to shine a bit. But Joe & Anthony Russo succeed both in making a film with lots of great standalone action and rewarding the die-hards with plenty of references to earlier Marvel outings. It’s kind of like listening to a greatest hits album from your…