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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
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  • Frank Zappa - Live in Paris 1980

    ★★★

  • Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live

    ★★★½

  • Festival

    ★★★★

  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★★

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  • Head

    Head

    ★★★★★

    A Year of Film History Challenge
    (watching a little bit of film history month by month, decade by decade)
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    Based on what I'd heard from everyone else, I expected to love it. But then my first experience with Head turned out to be just okay ('hem).

    Yet here I am, decades later bumping my score up to five stars for some reason. I dunno. It just finally clicked.

    So Head is like an extended episode of The Monkees TV…

  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    ★★★★★

    (Top 250 reviewed)
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    Laughter---I'd put it up there with penicillin or insulin.  During my darkest days I've frequently made it a point to consume something funny right before I go to bed and right after waking like it was essential medicine and you know what? It kinda was. Few things will keep you as connected to your humanity and your sanity as comedy.

    M*A*S*H understands that, and oh what a perfect time for a rewatch it was (and during…

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  • Frank Zappa - Live in Paris 1980

    Frank Zappa - Live in Paris 1980

    ★★★

    A lot of classic cuts, but be prepared for damn near every song to come with an extra noodling 3 1/2 minute Zappa guitar solo.

  • Festival

    Festival

    ★★★★

    "Folk music is really the personification of a human being extending his hand to another human being without losing any of his dignity."
    ---Peter Yarrow

    Weil that's a nice idea…but did everyone in the scene get that memo?

    So I wasn't expecting Festival--- a documentary about the early years of the Newport Folk Festival--- to have a villain, but it kinda does...and it's Bob Dylan. There he is, at first like Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy, a confident young…

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  • Manos: The Hands of Fate

    Manos: The Hands of Fate

    ★★★★★

    You people giving The Room half a star and being like "how could a movie possibly be any worse?" You haven't even begun to gaze into the abyss.

    I like my bad movies looking like they were found in a box that was home to a family of possums living under a leaky sink at a drive-in that's been closed for 40 years.

    I like my bad movies to have a musical score that sounds like a cheap bootleg of…

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★★

    The very first shot of Jim and Andy is of a now gray-bearded 55-year-old Jim Carrey, and it feels like he's playing a character. Is this Old Jim we're seeing? Or Documentary Jim? Or are we just so used to Some Character Jim that we don't recognize the real him when we see it? Or even more disconcerting: did Real Jim get tossed aside somewhere along the road to the fame he now enjoys, possibly lost in the funhouse that…