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  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★½

    My endocrine ends up running out of gas during these 2+ hour action blockbusters, but what kept my interest was Bird's virtuoso setpieces, and particularly his expert use of spatial reasoning*. Enjoyable enough, though I think I prefer the over-the-top absurdity of the Furious franchise for team-based action fests.

    *Hat tip to Sally Jane Black

  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    ★★★★

    I came away from this covered in a thin film of testosterone and stupid, but despite never quite matching the joy of it's opening sequence, it was pretty much everything I could have hoped for.

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    Nancy: "Why do we always expect metal ships?"
    Jack: "I've never expected metal ships"

    The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out two years before I was born, and was one of the earliest horror / science fiction films I remember seeing. It was in regular rotation on late-night Creature Feature TV, and I probably saw it at least a half-dozen times by the time I saw Philip Kaufman's remake in 1978. Aside from a couple of key scenes,…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive

    ★★★★

    "I just feel like all the sand is at the bottom of the hour glass or something." – Adam (Tom Hiddleston)

    Midnight. Left the theatre I've been going to for almost a half-century, and walked the brick sidewalks and alleys I would know by sense of smell alone, feeling like a centuries-old vampire.