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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★

    In which the director of a horror film makes a movie where New Wave sweaty Cillian Murphy channels Thom Yorke-level awkward dance moves. In a big suit.
    But, ya know, like decades before any of that.
    I dunno. The film itself was fun and well-made, but I just don't go for Taking Heads' music. David Byrne sure was having fun though.

  • Cars

    Cars

    ★★★½

    My son's favorite movie.

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  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    ★★★★½

    Somehow my first Kurosawa film. I know, I know.
    Darkly hilarious and full of great lines ("I'm not dying yet. I have to kill quite a few men first.") and groundbreaking shot composition, it's immensely enjoyable to watch Mifune the master growl and slice his way through the town of gangsters.
    A true classic in every sense of the word.

  • The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    ★★

    Boy did they try.
    But this half-animated, horrendously voice-acted (and stand-in acted, I guess?), truncated, unfinished version of Lord of the Rings wasn't all that enjoyable.
    I can appreciate that this was all that existed until Peter Jackson came along 30 years later, but dang. The story is frustrating and feels like a checklist of book events more than a story. The bizarre rotoscope animation style doesn't work because they use it sometimes and then just ditch it other times.…