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  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

    The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

    ★★★★

    "What's the matter with bigamy?" is a Preston Sturges' all-timer.

    With Morgan's Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero coming out in the same year, Sturges sure socked GI's entitlement to hero status and a woman's exaltation right in the kisser. And America's stunted mommy-isms in Hero and daddy-isms in Morgan's Creek. Eddie Bracken starred in both as the good-natured guy who can't man up like society wants him to.

    However, the reason I really like Morgan's Creek is the Kockenlocker…

  • Hail the Conquering Hero

    Hail the Conquering Hero

    ★★★★★

    Patriotism is difficult. It goes hand in hand with nationalism and superiority. It easily shifts to a statue business, or a halftime show (don't get me started on the millions of imbeciles who are incensed at the NFL players' anthem protest thinking they're actually protesting a song or flag; the "you don't love it then leave it" patriot is the worst of the lot. Those who want to improve a country desire to out of love for the country. Loving…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    Goddamn it's gorgeous and I love the slow pacing and much respect to Denis Villeneuve/Warner Bros in allowing people to walk across entire rooms instead of cutting to the next thing just like Ridley Scott did to build the mystique of the replicant/human co-existence.

    However it's less interesting after Harrison Ford has his entrance and it has to become a sequel, including a few unnecessary callbacks (+Jared Leto) and then it rushed to a typical tentpole climactic showdown that wasn't…

  • Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

    Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

    ★★★½

    Rebecca Hall is so freakin' good in this. The music and pacing is pretty maudlin standard biopic formula, but there's something fun about applying the standard biopic uplift to a throuple that raises kids together and ties each other up. It's essentially three different movies in one because everything is very interesting: lie detector, throuple, bondage. It might've been a better TV show than movie—because the story from beginning to end over 60 years, is pretty remarkable, but a two…