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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★★

    I have finally watched the amazingness that is Black Panther and I have nothing coherent to say.

    Except that Ryan Coogler was not making a superhero fluff piece, he was making a piece of CINEMA ART. The thought and detail that went into every choice in this film, from the color schemes, the casting, the design, the editing. Superb and absolutely enjoyable.

    Also, Letitia Wright for all the things. Love her.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    Finally caught up with Thor: Ragnarok. Which, while a weird, meandering, and much more in the GOTG vein of goofiness than previous Thor films, I did really enjoy this. What can I say, I like big dumb lunks saving the universe. 

    I really liked the Thor/Banner scenes and of course any time Tom Hiddleston shows up in his Loki get-up I am all for it. Great introduction of Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. 

    (I did do a second watch with the…

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  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester

    ★★★★

    My parents taped this off cable when I was a child and we watched it over and over simply to hear Danny Kaye completely talk himself into then out of the correct rhyme to remember the right cup to drink (They broke the flagon with the dragon!). And there was singing and dancing. And I'm pretty sure my brothers had the hots for Angela Lansbury and Glynnis Johns (who were probably around 19 or 20 when the movie was shot).

    And Basil Rathbone skulks about.

    Now that I'm a grownup I have it on DVD and can watch as much as I like!

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    I picked this up in the BN Criterion sale today and almost immediately went home and watched it. I haven't seen Dr. Strangelove since perhaps high school so was long overdue for a re-watch.

    Clearly, the most memorable part of the movie is Peter Sellers's Dr. Strangelove, with his right hand still loyal to the Fuhrer, followed by his performances as RAF G/C Mandrake and US President Muffley. But George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden both turn in stellar performances…