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  • Furious 7

    Furious 7

    Almost all the pieces here work really well on their own, but they never quite come together in that seamless way that made Five and 6 so special. The God’s Eye/Mission: Impossible stuff never quite meshes together with the Deckard Shaw revenge story. Instead, you have Shaw kinda just barge in like Jason Voorhees into set pieces he’s otherwise not really a part of.

    That said, the Caucasus Mountain chase is an all-timer and the way they handled the impossible situation of Paul Walker’s mid-production death remains the gold standard for that sort of thing.

  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

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

    Spectacularly good. A murder story where whether he did it matters less than that he could have done it. Hugely grateful that this sticks the landing.

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    I just got to see STAR WARS projected from an immaculate 70mm print. The original STAR WARS, pre-special edition (“A New Hope” was on the crawl, but otherwise unaltered). It’s an impossible dream come true, and I’m so extremely grateful for this opportunity. It was a 70mm print struck for the UK in ‘81 that was never screened because it tore the first time it was projected. There’s about two seconds of major damage right as the Death Star explodes,…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    This is going to be a stream of consciousness mess that’ll be chock-a-block full of spoilers, so you probably shouldn’t read this.

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    This movie is enormously frustrating. The first half of the film is a hot mess. I don’t know that there’s a shot in the first hour of the film that lasts longer than five seconds. Faster, more intense indeed, and yet nothing of substance actually happens in all this sound and fury.

    The second half…