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  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★½

    Ugetsu is a film that feels like it has too much going on for its own good. There is one central storyline that is engaging and has some great moments that will surprise the audience, but then they will cut away for some random subplot about a guy who wants to be a samurai, or his wife who enters a brothel. All these characters start out together, but as the story causes them all to split up it loses a…

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★½

    Tokyo Story is a scathing indictment of how people mistreat their parents and take them for granted as they grow older. At least I think that was the point of the film. Most of the time I was too busy trying to stay awake, because it is such an uneventful and bland movie. It’s a slice-of-life drama, and any time I use that as a description for a film, it probably means I hated it because I was bored. The…

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  • Quigley Down Under

    Quigley Down Under

    ★★★★

    I'm pretty sure that if you ever asked me in my younger years if I liked Westerns I would have said "no way." However when it comes to films like Quigley Down Under I realize my Dad was indoctrinating me from a young age to like Westerns anyways. This is one of the films that he had me watch and I still like it to this day. What sets this one apart from others in the genre is that they…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    Back in 1999, when I first saw this movie in the theater, I didn't love it. I think I was a bit in shock over the whole thing. Since then I have watched snippets of the film many times when it has been on TV and have slowly learned to find the love. Watching it now, my first time watching it from start to finish since 1999, my instant reaction is "what was I thinking?" I don't know why I…