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  • A Shock to the System

    A Shock to the System

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Michael Cain delivers his usual excellent performance. The film struggles to find a balance between its dark suspenseful nature and comedy. By the third act it’s almost given up the comedy side of it to just being dark. The film’s strength is watching Cain move from desperate and despairing employee and husband to a calculating and intimidating killer.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★

    It’s a little hard to review this objectively since this film hits me in my childhood. I both love this film and recognize it has quite a handful of problems. So, let me be as objective as I can and list some pros and cons. Let’s start with the cons. 

    1) It is slow. Very slow. At a time when Star Wars was setting the tone for science fiction, TMP had taken inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey by utilizaijg…

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  • Mountains of the Moon

    Mountains of the Moon

    ★★★★

    Here is the story of the finding of the source of the Nike River. But the film is less about the goal and more about the distinct personalities and characteristics of the two leads. More than merely an historical film, it’s a character study of two people with the same goal but drastically different approaches to how they respond to their circumstances and the people they meet.