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  • The Jeweller's Shop

    The Jeweller's Shop

    ★★★½

    I am striving to be a Burt Lancaster completionist, so blindly DVRd this one and was kinda surprised to see it was on the Catholic channel. It turns out this film is based on a play by Pope John Paul II. I am not really sure why Burt is listed as the number one star as he is more just a character who shows up a few times at pivotal moments during the film. This was a solid film touching on building and sustaining relationships in the face of life's hardships.

  • The Hired Hand

    The Hired Hand

    ★★★★★

    This is certainly a film that you have to be in the right headspace to enjoy. Case in point, I watched it initially a few weeks ago when I had a crappy day and by the time it was over, I thought about logging it and giving it 1.5 or 2 stars after pretty much checking out of it mentally early on. For some reason, despite the negative initial impression, something told me that I should save this on my…

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★★★★½

    I didn't plan on watching this twice in one day, but circumstances made that happen. It is a good thing too since it made a lot more sense and ended up being more enjoyable to me the second time around.

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★

    June Challenge film 55. What can I say about this film that hasn't been said far more eloquently by others? The first 15 minutes or so of this movie I found to be very nonsensical and I seriously considered turning it off and cutting my losses on the rental. Thankfully, I am not someone who usually turns things off and I stuck with it.

    Once you get into the various characters and their different timelines, this film really becomes a…