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  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★★

    One of the greatest westerns of all time and perhaps the greatest hangout film ever, Rio Bravo is delightful on every level. The action is great, the personas are huge, and the comedy always works. It is truly a testament to Hawks' skill in how well all of the subplots work. His direction keeps the momentum moving forward at a good clip even with so many distractions, and it is because of these distractions that the viewer ends up caring so much about the characters (even the ridiculous musical interlude works!). And that combination of character and action is really what makes this film zing.

  • Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    ★★★

    Nothing special and nothing really new to the story, this documentary does what it sets out to do but nothing more. Nice nostalgia though, particularly with the commercials.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★

    Charming and fun who-dunnit. The usual attention to detail, offbeat humor, and quirky Anderson style are all there. Mixed with interesting animation, period jumping, and aspect ratio tinkering, this is a great watch.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★½

    Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.