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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    It's everything I wanted a John Wick film to be. This has to be the most consistent franchise in history. Each film feels like a continuing chapter of the previous. I'm tempted to cut them together into one, long marathon of a movie but, now that Chapter 4 has been announced, that project will have to wait.

    The movie is very well crafted and astonishingly pretty. The admittedly silly premise is well established and, like the films before it, this…

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★½

    An endearing near-masterpiece whose flaws just make it more endearing. Kurt Russel's low-rent John Wayne thrown against a neon vision of dark Chinese magic, all sprinkled liberally with (then) state of the art martial arts and, well, what's not to love?

    Carpenter said he was trying to make a movie where the sidekick was the hero, and he just about pulled it off. I sometimes wonder how it would have been with different casting, not that Dennis Dun did a…

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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    The word masterpiece gets tossed around lightly, but this film truly is one. Every time I learn something new about filmmaking and then re-watch it, I have to admit that David Lean, his cast, and crew, already knew it. Steven Spielberg has called it the greatest screenplay ever written, and I can't argue. Freddie Young's work was recently named the most groundbreaking cinematography of the twentieth century — by directors of photography. And they're not wrong. Anne Coates, who we…

  • Lolita

    Lolita

    ★★★½

    I put off watching this film for a long time because the premise sounded just so icky.

    Well, parts of it are very creepy. And parts of it, to my surprise, are really funny. I did not expect that. This isn't Kubrick's best outing by a long shot, but it's still shot very well and has some stunningly good acting, particularly on the part of Sue Lyon. She's surrounded by seasoned pros, and turns in a pitch-perfect performance.

    Now I…