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  • The Naked Spur

    The Naked Spur

    ★★★

    Okay, enough James Stewart for a little while.

    Very tight, very focused. The five main characters are just about the perfect blend of personalities, and the escalation of tension is as well executed and organic as possible. Surprisingly moving, too.

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Anatomy of a Murder

    ★★★★

    Came for the Duke Ellington score, which is more ingrained into the fabric of the story than I expected it to be; not only was it the among the first Hollywood movies to feature a full jazz score, but our main character Paul Biegler is himself a jazz fan and player, much to the surprise - and in some cases, dismay - of the people around him. He's not a typical, buttoned up, professional lawyer: he's cool, detached, hip. And…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★

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

    Full disclosure: I realize I am in the minority. Most of you are loving the shit out of this, and that's great. Some of you that are more on the fence, you're thinking "well, it was pretty good, a little too close to A New Hope but still fun". After the movie finished, I briefly entertained the idea that I was one of you, but as much as I wish I could say I am, I'm not. I spent the…

  • A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly

    ★★★

    Art style is neat and it starts off strong as hell, but the story just doesn't have much forward momentum. It's a lot of ideas presented in a really scatterbrained way, which left me at times confused and at other times just plain bored. And some of Linklater's dialogue here is a little overwritten - not sure if that's his fault or Philip K. Dick's, tho.