Favorite films

  • Singin' in the Rain
  • A Man for All Seasons
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster

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  • Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

    ★★★★

  • The World's End

    ★★★★

  • Like a Dragon

    ★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★

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  • Like a Dragon

    Like a Dragon

    ★★★

    Based on the first game in Sega's "Yakuza" series for the Playstation 2, Takashi Miike's adaptation leans real hard into the more entertaining aspects of that game, while generally treating the overall story of the game as an afterthought. The plot of the film is incomprehensible if you haven't played the game, and major plot points are glossed over so casually that the main villain of the proceedings isn't even introduced until the climax! It seems like a major problem,…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    A smoother experience than the David Lynch version, though I prefer the cast in that film and its charm is missed. Denis Villeneuve takes a lot of cues from Lynch, but he distinguishes this film by making everything seem cyclopean and alien, giving the universe an air of mystery. Things unknown seem mysterious, rather than confounding.

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    It's been awhile since I've seen a movie that holds its audience in total and utter contempt the way "Halloween Kills" does. This is one of those "who are the REAL monsters" things that wants you to know the filmmakers have seen "Frankenstein" and "M" and they're about to teach you a lesson, buster! "Michael Myers isn't innocent, but, like, is anyone innocent, really?" It's THAT kind of movie. It's a "Halloween" movie with a shallow social conscience, and it's…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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

    I've long maintained that there are only two great "Star Wars" movies: The original, and "The Empire Strikes Back". The rest of the films range from "meh" to "pretty good." Whenever a new "Star Wars" movie comes out, it has its ardent defenders and detractors, but the reason we all keep coming back is that there is usually SOMETHING in the movie that gives us that warm fuzzy feeling we got watching "Star Wars" as kids (if you didn't grow…