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  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Brazil
  • The Elephant Man

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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★

  • His Girl Friday

    ★★★★

  • Amélie

    ★★★★

  • Without a Clue

    ★★½

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★

    I only seen one other Jane Campion movie, The Piano. My reaction here is similar: I admire and respect the movie more than I like it. Though this time the ending worked much better for me.

    New Zealand makes a gorgeously photogenic stand-in for Montana, and the movie is lovingly photographed. The cast is all fantastic, even the high grade talent that hardly gets any screen time (such as Thomasin McKenzie and Frances Conroy). It's great to watch Jesse Plemons…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★

    If you think you've heard fast-talking, overlapping dialogue in a movie comedy and you haven't seen this one yet, then you have a revelation coming. Howard Hawks somehow carved out space for his actors to hit bursts of 300 words per minute. And they're funny words.

    You could (because people have) base college level filmmaking courses on this movie. The sheer craft is impressive. Hawks knows how to block characters in screen space and how to shoot both for very…

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  • Young Sherlock Holmes

    Young Sherlock Holmes

    ★★

    Full disclosure: I worked on this movie. It was my first feature film credit, in fact. All of us at the old Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Division learned a ton, mostly from Dennis Muren, while making it. And Dennis learned from us that the future of visual effects was CGI. This has the first 3D CG character integrated into a live action film, and for many years had the only rack-focus CG shot ever seen. ILM did a fantastic job with…

  • Without a Clue

    Without a Clue

    ★★½

    A decidedly mixed bag with a great premise, Without a Clue is a send-up of Sherlock Holmes movies where Dr. Watson is the real brains of the operation who hires a down-at-the-heels actor to play Holmes in public once the stories become popular.

    Some of the staging is inspired, using shadows and reflections well. Some of it is, well, just there. The most successful humor seems to be the subtler stuff while the slapstick falls a little flat. I really…