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  • SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back

    SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    First time I've seen this since I saw it almost 34 years ago, when I was five years old. This is THE thing that got me hooked on special effects. Before this, I don't think I got, at a certain level, that people *made* this stuff. That there were models and bluescreen and stop motion animation and stage hands throwing stuff at Mark Hamill.

    Of course, this is, in part, a shill for The Empire Strikes Back (or, since it…

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  • Chloe

    Chloe

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I don’t think I’ve seen an Atom Egoyan film since Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter. I’ll watch Julianne Moore in practically anything, and Amanda Seyfried was very compelling, but… that was quite a turn. I was disappointed that they portrayed the sex worker in that way, where she’s the “crazy” one, like she’s both completely competent and a master at her job of catering to men and acting how best to give them what they want (she gives a whole speech about…

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    After listening to this episode of Dune Pod with Todd Vaziri and Lorelei David, I really had a craving to watch this again. Amazingly well constructed, considering I now know they were rewriting it up through editing. I’d be fascinated to see the raw footage and understand how they actually shot this.

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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.