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  • Mars Attacks the World

    Mars Attacks the World

    ★★

    This is a super cut down version of Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, going from nearly 300 minutes down to a measly 67 minutes, and it shows. I don't think the idea of editing down a serial into a feature length movie is necessarily a bad thing, in fact I applaud the challenge.

    However, it's obvious here that the editors of Mars Attacks the World essentially cut out everything that wasn't action, leaving the plot and characters incomprehensible. It can…

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    ★★★★★

    This movie is as comforting as grandma's noodle soup to me, transporting me back to when I first saw the film at the incredibly impressionable age of 11, without fail. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is what introduced me to the franchise, somewhat reluctantly, as I was unable to complete my book report on a science fiction novel in time. I had of course chosen the novelization of this film, and running short on time, my dad took…

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    This is the third or fourth time I've seen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and it only keeps getting better. This time was unique for two reasons: I was with an audience who laughed at all the right parts, and I was watching the original international cut that hasn't seen a home video release since 1998. There really isn't any reason the original cut couldn't have been included on the current Blu-ray with seamless branching, but I digress.…

  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★

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

    Shooting a film in one continuous shot is an interesting concept, one so momentous that every time it's done it seems to draw attention, as it did for 2014's Birdman. In 1948, it must have seemed impossible. In fact, it was; a single film reel could only capture a little over ten minutes, so most cuts are hidden. A concept like this could make or break a film, but for Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, it seems like an experiment that elevates…