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  • That's My Boy

    That's My Boy

    ★★★

    Jerry is the sickly, neurotic son of gung-ho, athletic Eddie Mayehoff, who was a star quarterback in university and has never really grown past it. He uses his influence to get Jerry into his old university and on the football team, and he sends Dean along to room with him and teach him all about football, girls and other stuff. This second film outing for Martin and Lewis is just not one of their stronger efforts. Lewis gets to do…

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★½

    It's a bit difficult to defend this film, and I'm not just talking about the real animal death. One could argue that it serves a purpose ... in a documentary style film, fake violence has more impact when the edges reality is blurred by alternating it with real violence ... but that surely doesn't excuse anyone from taking life in order to make an exploitation film. I find it difficult to defend because it frequently crosses a line and delves…

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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.