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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    I love this movie so much. It features some of the best characters of any Star Wars film, the most interesting and beautiful locations, wonderful costumes. In just one movie, Rogue One introduces a bunch of characters, hints at just enough of their backstories, and then takes each of them to a very different place before their end. The prequels couldn't do any of this in three movies, and the 7-9 trilogy doesn't seem to be doing much better.


  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


    Every time I watch this, I marvel at what an impression it made on me as a kid, because it now seems so lite and inconsequential. Yet it is a strong memory from my growing-up years.

    But as lite as it is, this time I was surprisingly affected by Linus's simple, idealistic faith. I resonate with his desperation to make at least this one little part of the world perfect and "sincere." How often I've wished that, too--not that I…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars


    (Harmy's Despecialized Edition 2.7)

    The number of ways that the prequels contradict what's said in the original is just mind-boggling. Practically everything Obi-Wan says in this movie is different from what we see happen in the prequels. Was it really that hard for George Lucas to watch this one a few times before writing the prequel scripts, just to refresh his memory?

    Anyway, this one is still such an amazing classic. No special edition revisions necessary--the original is glorious.


  • Napoleon Dynamite

    Napoleon Dynamite


    How different might my life be if, when I was in high school, someone had smiled at me like Deb smiles at Napoleon when he dances?

    I genuinely think Uncle Rico's soliloquy (while eating steak on the front doorstep) is a fantastic performance. Jon Gries takes what could have been a simple buffoon, and makes it a beautiful character.

    I feel grateful for this movie every time I watch it.

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  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings


    The seven or so trailers we endured before Kubo and the Two Strings seem to prove a hypothesis I have that there is only one good animated film for every seven or so that are produced. Kubo is that film. It will be praised for the gorgeous animation, design, and music, but these technical triumphs would be meaningless without good storytelling. Kubo proves that movie storytelling has not entirely died under the weight of endless iterations of franchises, sequels, and…

  • Inception



    I don't know how I so disliked this movie the first time I watched it.

    Each time I've watched it since, I've enjoyed it more and more. On this viewing, I was especially noticing connections to Vertigo. The most obvious visual link, of course, is when Ariadne, in the second dream level, is wearing the same outfit and hairstyle as Madeleine. This seems to signify that Ariadne, like Madeleine, is being used by a protagonist desperate to remake the world…