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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★½

    So I recently had to upgrade my DVDs of the Star Wars saga eps I-VI from DVDs (the "enhanced" ones, all the side-eye to George Lucas) to Blu-Rays a) because my Empire disc has a scratch right about where C-3PO gets blown up and it freezes and b) I will never get my wish for remastered theatrical editions of Eps IV-VI. I also never did a rewatch in SW chronological order so, inspired by Swapna and Preeti on the Desi…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    And I needed a little bit of a laugh after rewatching Rogue One.

    Chewbacca cracks me up. The scene where he's flirting with the doctor - it's such a tiny scene but it creates more dimension to his character (and the SW world) than just being the "walking carpet".

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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…