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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story


    I guess this is Howard's/the Star Wars franchise's Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, by way of Superman II in terms of its production history. (Yes, I have a one-track mind.) It's good fun and quite entertaining, even though I saw it in one of those theaters that does the murky projection thing.

  • Stage Door

    Stage Door


    There's a real bitter undercurrent here that rises to the surface, quite strikingly. The montage near the end packs quite a wallop. I didn't expect that element of the film to coexist with the witty banter and comedic Hepburn narrative arc so well, but it does.

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  • Hugo



    The main contextual precursor to Hugo for me was an article Scorsese wrote in a special issue of Newsweek in 1998 in honor of the centenary of cinema. I believe the piece was called 'A Box Filled with Magic.' In it, he wrote about making flip-books as a child in order to recreate the magic he felt from film, and he said something to the effect that in all his years of making movies, he felt he had never adequately…

  • Ghost Story

    Ghost Story


    Yes, it is deeply flawed; it promises something with the effect of an authentic well-told ghost story, and it does not quite deliver. But the performance of Alice Krige completely delivers. Here she shows her full potential as a great screen beauty as well as an exceptionally talented actress. Her embodiment of the haunting seduces even as it chills. It's perhaps my favorite performance ever. The cinematography by the great Jack Cardiff is tops as well. The cold, dark landscapes…