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  • Dune

    Dune

    In a word: weird.
    Such an ambitious and ugly mess, a mashup of all things sci-fi and Lynchian into a spicy cinematic stew. The film is ripe for a psychoanalytic reading, with so much testosterone and phallic imagery as to be comical--e.g. a leather-clad Kyle MacLachlin mounts and rides a giant worm as Toto rocks out on the soundtrack. It is unintentionally comical, as I chuckled quite a bit. Far more Battlefield Earth than Blade Runner.

  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★½

    Man, this film just *screams* American indie film from 1996.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Every time I've watched this movie, my wife and I have had a wonderful conversation afterward about love, vocation, and commitment. It's the same themes and ideas every time--even the same conflicts or quibbles about characters and the meaning of the ending--but, in its own lovely way, it still feels fresh and restorative.

    This is a good film.

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    Ballet is an art form I've rarely enjoyed and can only appreciate as an outsider to the craft. Yet this...this is pure cinema. Simply fantastic. This was my first viewing of The Red Shoes. It won't be the last.