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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    So Gus Van Sant does a shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho, and is universally derided for it; Disney does it with The Lion King, and makes eleventy billion dollars. I guess, to be fair, Van Sant did cast Vince Vaughn.

    Yes, I know, there's like 5% new or different material, but taking The Lion King from animation to "live action" has created a soulless vacuum of a movie, even more so than Aladdin or pretty much any of the other…

  • Rhapsody in August

    Rhapsody in August

    ★★★

    A movie light in story and even character, there's still something about it that made it a worthwhile enough sit through. That may sound like a low bar, as it a Kurosawa movie after all, but I think I tend to like late Kurosawa more than most seem to in general. I admit the kids can be a little annoying, but they are overall fine. The grandmother is an interesting, enigmatic character. Still weird to see Richard Gere, lol, but…

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…