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  • Jumanji

    Jumanji

    ★★★★½

    This movie is so charming and exciting. The CGI is top notch for 1995 (sans monkeys. They could have used more work). Comparative to the new franchise, the whole idea of the game coming to the real world is much more interesting and thrilling than the characters getting sucked in. 

    This film was a great story of kids as heroes. Stories that show how kids can be heroes too and step up to save the world. Those are few and far between these days. Even the new Jumanji replaces children for all adults. Its disappointing that children don’t see themselves fighting evil and injustice with confidence.

  • Cars

    Cars

    ★★★

    Better than I remember. I hated it the first time around. It’s so impersonal to have boxy metal cars connect. They can’t hug or embrace. But I had forgotten it almost all together. Seeing it again I see that the message about letting go of ego and self-interest and making an effort to think of others is a great message. Also have more of an appreciation for how they showed the nostalgia for Route 66. 


    Some funny moments and beautiful landscapes. They really capture it well in Cars Land at California Adventure. Wanna go back now. Damn quarantine.

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    Moving. Beautiful. Joaquin was devistatingly brilliant. Music was chilling. Mental illness elements were powerful. Final speech could have used a few more rewrites. I didn’t feel for him or the cause. 🤡

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★½

    Realize I’ve never seen this all the way through. Very scary. Amazing horror cinema for 1973. I had a deeper connection to the material since I grew up Catholic. 

    Everyone was great, especially Linda Blair and Lee Cobb as Lieutenant Kinderman. Effects in this are top notch. Apparently this was the first use of early version of a Steadicam style rig. 

    Beyond Fest 2019 Egyptian Theater Los Angeles. Supposed to be Q&A with William Friedkin but he fell ill so Linda Blair showed up. She had some nice insight and great message about animal welfare.