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  • D.O.A.

    D.O.A.

    ★★★

    An interesting cultural artifact but not much of a film, mostly I just gawked at the vintage (often DIY) punk fashion. The Sex Pistols are overrepresented on film compared to more important and better contemporaneous punk bands, but it's nice to get a brief look at X-Ray Spex and The Dead Boys. THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION does this much better, with more focus (just LA Punk) and a lot more laughs.

    60/100

  • The Fog

    The Fog

    ★★★

    Second viewing, first in probably 20 years. Maybe ghost pirates just aren't that scary? Set up works really well, both the John Houseman campfire ghost story and the credit sequence that shows little things going astray in the coastal Californian town. Carpenter's toolkit is quite robust here and he employs his tricks quite brilliantly, his work with cinematographer Dean Cundey is excellent at utilizing space within the scope frame and the titular fog gives them plenty of opportunities to play…

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  • Captain Phillips

    Captain Phillips

    Second viewing of finished film, umpteenth viewing of film in some form and I watched all the dailies while I was working on the film as an Apprentice Editor before it was moved to the UK to finish editing in order to take advantage of rebates. I'm gobsmacked by Hanks' take on post traumatic shock every time I see it, I remember watching the dailies and the first take, the medic kept messing up her take but Hanks guided her…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★

    Editors are not usually recognized as auteur figures but Hank Corwin is a special case, he has such a distinctive style that it shapes whatever material he touches and it becomes uniquely his own. You will notice a couple things if you look at his IMDB, one that he a credited editor on Oliver Stone's most aggressively edited features, NATURAL BORN KILLERS to U-TURN and I think it's fair to assume much of the hyperkinetic editing and jarring rhythms of…