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  • Doctor Dolittle

    Doctor Dolittle

    ★★½

    A 2 1/2 hour joyless slog that was deservedly a financial and critical disaster. Rex Harrison seems thoroughly disinterested in the film and meanders through talking and singing in a completely half-hearted manner. Samantha Eggar is a lot better, but her character is completely undeveloped and wanders in and out of scenes for no discernible reason. Anthony Newley is game, but he can't save this one. Not worth your time, even as a curiosity.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★½

    There's two general approaches that one can take to successfully remake a good film. You can capture the essence of what made the film good and enhance it with modern touches ... for example, Philip Kaufman's remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". You can also take a completely fresh approach only loosely tied to the original ... for example, the recent remake of "Suspiria", John Carpenter's "The Thing" and David Cronenberg's "The Fly". Rob Zombie does neither, and creates…

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  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    ★★★★½

    This is George Lucas' best film. I fully believe he feels this way himself since it's also the one film he hasn't felt the need to tamper with in any way. It's the film that demonstrates that he is capable of writing well-drawn characters and relating human stories in a manner that people can care about. This is clearly his most personal film, so perhaps that's why he can relate it to the audience in human terms. Additionally, it's quite an experimental film in it's own way. The soundtrack in particular is revolutionary for its time.

  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon

    Brother Sun, Sister Moon

    ★★★★

    In one sense I really think this movie is a little indefensible. It's so earnest and guileless in it's counter-culture portrayal of St. Francis that it should fail completely ... especially with a score by Donovan for heaven's sake. It's a very superficial treatment of quite a serious subject. However, there's something about the stunning painterly cinematography and meditative pace of the film that really works for me, although I'm quietly kicking myself for being taken in the whole time I'm watching it.