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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This has to be Nolan's best film [note: have not seen "Insomnia" or "Following"] to date. The whole thing is so masterfully and carefully crafted interweaving the plotline with the mechanics of magic even at points dancing with the 4th wall and the magic of cinema...

    My goodness. Casting is on point, and the actors delivered. On rewatch: "holy crap Christian Bale"? How many shoots and how much subtle editing do you think it took to succeed on convincing the…

  • Spaceship Earth

    Spaceship Earth

    ★½

    Somehow this team took what is truly an interesting story rife with wild characters and (unbelievably) a treasure-trove of original footage... and YET produced a film that feels 10 hours long.

    All the great questions that could be asked about the intersection of theater and engineering, sustainability and present day climate change, bad actors and misdirection... were either blankly suggested or ignored completely.

    From a purely "content presented" perspective, this film is probably a 3/5. I'm subtracting points for the Squander.

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  • A Separation

    A Separation

    ★★★★★

    Wowie what a dynamic film. Every scene has such PUNCH, with the plotline incessantly folding over itself repeatedly. As a viewer, your beliefs and alliances to characters gets rewritten...I don't know, a dozen times?

    This film is emotionally exhausting to watch. This film is excellent.

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★½

    To the smallest detail, a very thoughtful movie. Also easily one of the most progressive "children's" movies to come out. Whether kids notice or not, adult viewers absolutely will: characters have legitimate arguments behind their every conviction. The same cannot be said about most other films.

    Setting that all aside, it's a Pixar film so the animation is stunning and the action sequences solid.