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  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    ★★★½

    1988 Ranked

    Other than a few of Steve Martin's con character moments, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels isn't really laugh-out-loud funny to me. But with the charisma of its principle characters, it doesn't need to be. Amusing throughout, smart, witty, and even gross at times, the film works on a comedy level. And since we've all seen enough con films to know that we're being conned in some way, it is still satisfying the way this one plays out. Just enough twists to keep you on your toes, entertained, and chuckling.

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★

    2017 Ranked

    A Ghost Story is slow, focused, and terrifying. Not in the horror sense, but more in the dreadful sense. The though of losing your partner is scary, and the absence of closure is just as scary. Even the truth of the relationship prior to the death is scary because it is presented so realistically.

    The film is wholly original. Framing is claustrophobic, shots are held FOREVER, Casey Affleck wears a sheet for most of the film, there is time travel, and not all questions are answered. It is exciting film making that pays off your patience.

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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.