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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

    More like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug than Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, if you know what I mean. Two-and-a-half stars for one or two decent moments and Daisy Ridley, but a messy plot moves us from one cgi set to another, giving no feel for location. And apparently everyone in the Star Wars universe is a comedian now. I think I'm finally going to have to face the fact that the old Star Wars is never going to return, even in the hands of a director like Ryan Johnson. The cinema landscape has changed too much.

    R.I.P.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★½

    Marginally better than Transformers: The Last Knight.

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

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

    Blade to Blade: the Director's Cut (1992) vs the Final Cut (2007)

    A brief discussion under Michael Audet's review of Blade Runner prompted me to revisit the Director's Cut in order to settle once and for all which version I like best.

    It's actually not going to be that big of a showdown, sorry to disappoint! Not because one comes out the clear winner, but because the differences are so small as to be almost negligible. Alright, on a technical…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★

    "It's all data. Ones and zeros. All recoverable. Eternally present."
    - Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon

    "Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . ."
    - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

    I slid passed three other…