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  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★

    This was no An American in Paris to be sure but then it wasn’t trying to be and the studio system really did excel at the sort of thing it was trying to be. It’s a hand-sewn, three strip technicolor, escapist star vehicle of the purest sort. There really isn’t a single scene in it or thing about it that would work at all without Jane Russell Marilyn Monroe as the center it swirls around ... but of course, there…

  • The Meg

    The Meg

    ★★½

    Look, I like giant monster movies and I’m not shame to admit it because I just do. I like the Japanese variety, the Ray Harryhausen variety, I even kind of like that Brit one Gorgo and this is definitely an example of the species. Which is not to say I liked or was even entertained by the thing. It’s just not very good or rather not very entertaining in the ways it should be. Sure, it’s got most of the…

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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    There may not be more than one other director that you could say this about, but Brian De Palma literally never met a practical location that he couldn’t make look like a meticulously dressed stage or studio back lot when he shot it. He had this odd compulsion toward overtly mannered cinematic presentation that was totally at odds with his vérité obsessed era and that was probably never more in evidence that it is here.

    Blow Out is overwhelmingly composed…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    Once upon a time a literal boogie man stalked Northern California, killing some of his victims with guns at least one with a butcher knife, some in his plain clothes, at least one in his masked-hooded costume. He killed at least five people but no one really knows, because he may never have been identified and he was definitely never arrested. His crimes inspired at least two of the most widely imitated films ever made and his never having been…