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  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★½

    Visually impressive, tons of great visual effects...and I just barely cared. I had no real interest in this movie. I like Benedict Cumberbatch, but I just never had much interest in this Doctor Strange character. But...I saw the latest "Avengers" film, and he was fairly integral to the plot, and I liked him in it. I didn't really care about his scenes in "Thor: Ragnarok" so I still didn't seek out this movie. But after "Infinity War," I was still…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

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

    I always feel burnt out by Marvel. It is rather weird. I spent most of "Phase One" feeling that each movie was enjoyable enough, but none were great. The one I liked the most was probably the "Captain America: The First Avenger," but even that one had some pacing issues and what felt like a rushed ending.

    But then the first "Avengers" came out and kind of blew me away. I thought it was a ton of fun, somehow took…

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  • The Blob

    The Blob

    ★★★★

    One of those rare remakes that manages, in some ways, to best it's original. This movie should be mentioned in the same breath as "The Thing" and the "The Fly" more often than it is. It's a great horror movie with fantastic creature effects and some wonderfully gruesome deaths. 

    It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it has some of the best movie deaths I have ever seen. Really wonderful, and while it certainly has an air of the 1980s on it, it may actually hold up better than the original classic.

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★½

    Akira Kurosawa was a badass of cinema. "The Hidden Fortress" is about two bickering greedy and dimwitted peasants who end up helping a General of the war they just lost bring a Princess and gold back to their home. 

    The film is funny as well as dramatic, and it has great cinematography (it is Kurosawa's first film in widescreen). This film in particular was a major influence on George Lucas when making the original "Star Wars" film. 

     I'd recommend Kurosawa films to anyone, and this is definitely a film worth seeing.