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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    Oddly enough, I didn't hate this. There's not an original pixel to be found but while I would never praise the movie, at no point did it bother me. The pop culture references, thick as they are, seem to be the air the characters breath. They're pure background noise, not worth the effort to freeze frame. But at least it doesn't have any of the "wink wink nudge nudge"* of something like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?



    *Itself a pop culture reference. This is how we now think.

  • The Wasp Woman

    The Wasp Woman

    ★★½

    Closing in on middle age, Janice Starling, a successful CEO of a cosmetics company, worries that sales are fading along with her youth. This leads her to test an unproven youth serum made with jelly from queen wasps, eventually turning her into a half-wasp / half-human, a feminine version of The Fly.

    Most of the movie deals with the corporate machinations around a powerful woman. It's like something Douglas Sirk might have done, were it not for the insect head…

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  • Shampoo

    Shampoo

    ★★★★

    Over the course of two days, everything changes for a shallow hairdresser in Beverly Hills, both on a large scale (Nixon has just won the election) and small (three of his lovers leave him).

    Shampoo's structured like a farce, ultimately bringing George and his lovers, both known and secret, not only to the same party but to the same table. It's a Rules of the Game for the sexual revolution, shot in a naturalistic style. But the mood is more…

  • Peter Ibbetson

    Peter Ibbetson

    ★★★★½

    I had been waiting almost 20 years to see this movie, which seems appropriate given its theme of longing for what you can't have and waiting for what you most desire. Within the first ten minutes I knew I had found a new favorite.

    The film begins with Peter and Mary as children. They live next to each other and play, fight and love each other even if they don't know it. This sequence showing a realistic and bemused view…