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  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★½

    A rant on this film I saw 2 years ago in terms of Kenneth Brannagh's portrayal of the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. David Suchet on the 90s TV adaptation portrayed Poirot perfectly but with Brannagh, it's as if he didn't bother to read a single one of the books and just got a generic description of Poirot, then decided to go around yelling at witnesses and obsessing with clues as if he thinks it's Sherlock Holmes.

    Brannagh completely misses…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★

    I never enjoy films with irritating characters that you have to follow around...or three in this case. I can appreciate some of the longer shots and some of the cinematography here, the black & white works, but the dialogue didn't click for me and I found the rhythm a bit choppy here in comparison to Do The Right Thing or City of God. It just lacked the same level of fun if that makes any sense. The lesson in all these…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    An example of throwing everything at the sink and hoping it'll stick....some of it does quite well and in general, it's the visual side of the story that sticks as well as the acting of the Hamill-Ridley-Driver trio. Rey's character conveys a sense of determination and badass-ery that I never found in previous Star Wars characters though there's still no one with the charisma of an Obi-Wan, Oscar Isaac has the potential but gets weak lines. What doesn't stick for…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    Mischievously intriguing for a horror film and in my opinion, far more than a horror film because it's intrigue doesn't come from played-out tropes although the inherent and subtle creepiness does begin to loom more and more as the movie goes on. I don't consider Get Out to be particularly funny in terms of the comedy but the TSA friend played by LilRel Howery brings the laughs whenever he's on and those fragmented moments of fun for me were impressive…