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Favorite films

  • Alien
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Singin' in the Rain

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  • Mamma Mia!

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★½

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  • Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia!

    ★★★★

    Unrefined joy. It’s just a blast to watch. Not great cinema, but great fun.

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★½

    My first-ever IMAX film!

    I’ll be honest: I was underwhelmed. Whether it was because of the glowing early reactions or because I love the first film so much, I expected to be blown away by this. I was not blown away. If anything, I was frustrated.

    While the first film felt slow to many (including me, on first watch), this seems rushed — even at nearly three hours long. Well, maybe not rushed, but certainly as if it’s trying to…

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  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success

    ★★★½

    This film is an enigma. Nobody here is likable. Everybody is brooding and selfish with veiled motives and never an honest word or action. A lot of times, the screenplay doesn’t seem to make sense.

    Still, there’s plenty I like about the movie. It evokes a strong sense of time and place, doing a fine job of capturing New York City in late 1956. Some of the sets have a nice mid-century modern feel. The performers are uniformly good. Perhaps…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    I know I just watched this but what can I say? It’s my favorite movie. This time I mostly listened to the audio and it was fantastic. Maybe my favorite viewing ever.