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  • Jurassic World Dominion: Prologue

    Jurassic World Dominion: Prologue

    ~ Jurassic Park-athon, Pt. VII: The Road to Jurassic World Dominion ~

    Pretty good!

    Really liked the wordless, scenic opening with all the dinos and their world 65 million years.  It felt like something out of a nature documentary, but with dinosaurs.  Calming and, visually, pretty cool.  Really liked the 65 million year-transition device with the mosquito (obviously a nod at the amber-enclosed insect which made the whole Jurassic Park/World idea a reality), though I would’ve loved had the latter…

  • Battle at Big Rock

    Battle at Big Rock

    ~ Jurassic Park-athon, Pt. VI: The Road to Jurassic World Dominion ~

    “Aww!  It’s a baby one!”

    I have to admit, the baby dino was pretty adorable.  The rest of the short?  Eh, it was okay.

    I like how this short establishes the world post-Fallen Kingdom, and hopefully what Dominion will have to offer in terms of wild dinosaurs roaming the Earth, interfering with everyday human life (especially those closing home-video snippets in the credits, which were really neat (best part…

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  • The Phantom of the Open

    The Phantom of the Open

    “Practice.  Practice is the road to perfection.”

    What an endearingly delightful film this was.

    The Phantom of the Open is a film I heard about vaguely when it had its festival run, and the premise intrigued me.  Films based on true events always interest me, and with this having a sport and strangely funny ring to it, I had to check it out.

    And it’s great.

    The Phantom of the Open is very British, very wholesome, and full of heart…

  • Bowery Waltz

    Bowery Waltz

    Absolutely bizarre dance.

    It almost seemed like these two were drunk out of their minds when doing this, especially the woman (she looked as if she could barely stand up, let alone move!), so, needless to say, the waltz, here, was a joke.  It’s way too short to offer immersion, it begins and ends too abruptly (was that really the end of the dance?), and the image quality sucks.  Camera-wobble, fogginess, and the fact that the composition barely fits the…

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ½

    “I forgive you.”

    As important as the relevant themes and timely messages are here, Spike Lee’s latest joint is quite simply, a misguided mess.

    This movie was awful.

    What takes a unique, interesting premise with room for plenty of expected Spike Lee commentary, is ultimately wasted to an increasingly convoluted and ridiculous plot complete with really poor writing, in substance and dialogue, inconsistent performances, a horribly confused sense of tone, bad humor, bad VFX, and a sorry dud of a…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ½

    In anticipation for Suspiria (2018)...

    “Bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.”

    What a waste of time.

    I cannot even begin to understand the near unanimous praise this film has conjured since its release in 1977.  A 4.0/5 on Letterboxd.  A 7.5/10 on IMDb. A 79/100 on Metacritic.  A 92% on RottenTomatoes.  What?!

    Suspiria does three things - count them, three - things amazingly:  (1) The production design and lighting aesthetics are incredible and beautiful, as…