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  • 2010

    2010

    ★★★★

    The idea of anyone making a sequel to 2001, even Kubrick himself, is a no win situation. So Peter Hyams probably did the best thing possible and just made his own movie, one that isn't trying to be a Kubrick film but is just trying to be a realistic space adventure - something that's rare enough in film history of film to warrant appreciation. It's a great example of a mediocre filmmaking vs. great filmmaking, but the only place I…

  • Capricorn One

    Capricorn One

    ★★

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

    Another connection between Kubrick and Hyams is the idea that Kubrick helped NASA fake the moon landing, and Hyams made a movie that explores just that (except it's a manned mission to Mars). Capricorn One is a great idea for a movie, but the execution is a mess. It's okay when it's a conspiracy thriller, but it also wants to be a survival film and a comic adventure too, and it strays so far from conspiracy that it just falls…

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  • Know Your Enemy - Japan

    Know Your Enemy - Japan

    ★★★

    Five Came Back called Capra's anti-Jap documentary indefensible in the way it vilifies the enemy, but if you cut through the propaganda it offers an interesting history of Japan (with a focus on their cruel and warlike nature) and ironically ends its condemnation by telling us how Americans will be more victorious and more warlike than the Japanese could ever dream of.

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★

    Effective horror film that turns the jungle into a living hell, although the only real horror is what the arrogant Americans do to the natives, and the fake gore isn't nearly as distasteful as the plentiful real gore (all with animals). Very unseemly stuff.