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  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    ★★★½

    So conflicting. I find Kristofferson's performance flat and boring, and while Dylan's performance isn't great, he's not one of the title characters. However, I love the rest of the cast. We, as a collective society, have forgotten the majesty of James Coburn. It's a crime.

    Despite my quibbles, I can't deny Peckinpah's skill. I always forget his mastery of widescreen composition until I see it. The man knows how to vista, and the first "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" sequence is my favorite moment of his career. This film is semi-amazing.

  • Island of Lost Souls

    Island of Lost Souls

    ★★★★

    Really good early 30s horror, with fx that are very good for the time, superior pacing and great atmosphere. Also, Laughton is fantastic; if it were possible to digitally replace Richard Attenborough with Laughton's Dr. Moreau, Jurassic Park would be even better.

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  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    ★★★★★

    In my preferred universe, this movie made a billion dollars and has a dozen sequels and there's a Lil' Master prequel cartoon and kids would yearn to grow up to be naval commanders. Instead it didn't even make $100 mil in the US and they haven't made another one. Bah.

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★

    Some of the most remarkable imagery I've ever seen, and I was antsy about an hour in. Fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. Jonathan Glazer is a genius, and I'll probably never see any of his films twice.