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  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★

    I wonder if there is a direct correlation between the amount of love and attention that is lavished on our false self, and the amount of self-loathing we feel.  We put forward this front because it’s what we believe we need to do to get the love we need, but the more successful the deception is, maybe the worse we feel about it.  And this is why the same story about rock stars plays out over and over again. 

    It’s…

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ★★

    Lon Chaney is my favorite actor of the 1920s, and his magnificent, impressive physicality is on display in the climactic scene, as he cackles with glee while throwing huge blocks of stone and pouring hot lead down upon the crowds trying to break into Notre Dame.  There are also cool scenes with the bells.  But for most of the movie, Quasimodo is a minor character in the Tragedy of Esmeralda, which just isn’t that interesting.  I haven’t read Hugo’s novel…

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  • Stranger Things

    Stranger Things

    ★★★

    B-

    Am I seeing this right, that nobody on letterboxd has reviewed this film and only four people have reported seeing it? That's a shame. It might not be required viewing, but it's a lot better than a lot of stuff. It deserves more than that. Plus, it's free to watch on Hulu.

    Similar to the Dardenne brothers in the way it's written and shot. Two characters, not a lot of plot, not many other people in the movie. Not…

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ½

    I watched "Blue is the Warmest Color" because it showed up on so many "Best of 2013" lists, and intended to review it. But then, while reading articles and other critics' reviews about it, I changed my mind. I'm not going to review it. I wish I hadn't watched it. I recommend that you avoid it.

    There has been a lot written about the sex scenes. Are they pornographic, or artistic? Are they too perfect, in a movie that, in…