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  • Phenomena

    Phenomena

    ★★★

    Weird that this was the year before Labyrinth, but Jennifer Connelly looks older here. Must be the difference in wardrobe/makeup.

    Kind of plods a long for most of its running time, but it’s Argento, so at least there are some interesting visuals here and there. The most horrifying thing about it, though, is hearing the story of how the chimp bit off part of Jennifer’s finger during filming. /SHUDDER/

  • The Big Street

    The Big Street

    ★★★

    The script is great when it crackles during the early nightclub scenes, but it loses its steam (and my sympathy) when it gets into the schmaltzy bits. Lucille Ball is pretty great, given what she has to work with, which is a spoiled rich girl who is an asshole to everyone. Henry Fonda plays a doormat. Loved the gang of supporting lowlife types, and Agnes Moorhead, though. They were delightful. And that ending! That was… physiologically questionable at best.

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    After newly calibrating my projector, I notice the subtlety of the green cast of the imagery from inside the matrix. It's mostly in the flesh tones, and doesn't usually affect the black leather or dark, rainy streets, which stay pretty neutral, or even lean a tiny bit blue. An impressive and subtle color grade.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    Unabashed love.

    The second time seeing the film, unburdened by expectations, fears, and a burning anger at having a significant moment spoiled; undistracted by noticing callbacks for being callbacks and just now seeing them in the context of the new story… this is a fine, fine Star Wars film.


    Also, way better in 2D. Seattle Cinerama's laser projection is the best way to watch this film.