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  • The Star Wars Holiday Special

    The Star Wars Holiday Special

    ★★★★★

    This is the fifth year I've watched this, and I'm not stopping. This time around I focused a little more on the commercials from the Dayton Ohio recording of it. There's a handful of meandering General Motors commercials (they were the main sponsor) where real workers at the factory talk about their passion for their jobs (ironic giving the recent news of GM closing factories around the country). Without a doubt, the standout commercial is an International Ladies Garment Workers…

  • Kiss of Death

    Kiss of Death

    ★★★★

    2018 Cult Movie Challenge Week 46: Film Noir Week

    This is a film noir that's not too interested in telling its story with style and strong contrasts, but in telling its story with strong character development and quiet suspense. Richard Widmark plays an amazing psychopath here, to the point that as I was watching him I was thinking he would have made an amazing Joker in some form or another. The fact that it focused on a jewel heist gone…

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★★

    The Craptacular Revue: Bonus Episode!

    Everything that Batman V Superman failed at, this movie succeeds with. New characters are naturally integrated into the story, both sides have sympathetic logic, and everyone is well-developed.

    Spider-Man is handled really well, with probably the most accurate and well-executed film version of Peter Parker (even if it is in a pretty short amount of time). Characters that I've never cared much for, like Ant-Man and Scarlet Witch, are played perfectly here and at the…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★★

    Whoa.

    Who knew Nicholas Cage still had it in him to make a great film? Or even cared to? Where's Cosmatos been for the past 8 years? Was anyone prepared for this?

    If you don't know much about this movie, that's for the best, but all I'll say is that it's a revenge story stripped down to its bare essentials in terms of story, but turned to 11 in terms of style. Graphic violence, incredible lighting, a methodical pace, and…