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  • Stardust

    Stardust

    ★★½

    I often complain about book adaptations that I have a hard time watching them if I've already read the book because I mentally fill in everything that they are skipping over and its exhausting. That's how I felt here, only I've never read the book. Everything feels extremely truncated despite its runtime. There are bright spots to the film, and I think Matthew Vaughn delivers some of his style and humor to it--- but its not nearly enough to make…

  • Layer Cake

    Layer Cake

    ★★★½

    Matthew Vaughn is one of my favorite directors, consistently making big, fun, crazy movies. Layer Cake fits right into that mold. The plot, I think, is incomprehensible at times, but its never not thrilling. Vaughn is a master of combining style with good looking action and just the right blend of comedy. This is well acted with a pre-bond Daniel Craig doing a great job as our criminal action hero. I may have lost the thread on what was happening a few times, but it really doesn't matter. This movie is a blast, and I'd happily watch it again.

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★½

    At it’s core I this is an interesting film. It starts by framing the crux of the movie. Anna travels to Rome to meet her boyfriend who she hasn’t seen in months to go on a boat trip with their friends. There appears to be tension in the relationship, and Anna complains she doesn’t get enough attention. This may be true, but she is also bored. Boredom, or more specifically searching for passion, is what I feel this movie is…

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★½

    The beginning of this movie defines counterculture in film. A disheveled young man stumbles out of a flop house and casually strolls to his lavish sports car shoving his camera into the glovebox. As he drives along he is harassed by a rowdy group of mimes looking for a donation. He doesn’t get angry or honk his horn, but cooly reaches back and pulls out some money and hands it to them with a smile. He arrives outside a worn…