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  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★

    I was just a little too young when this film came out, and I’ve never cared for the horror genre.  I can see why the film had an impact in 1973, but the questions that I always come back to with film: Did I enjoy the experience of watching it, or did it inspire me in some way?  

    Not really in either case.

    The most compelling character was Burstyn’s, who lived through hell and stuck by her daughter all the way to the end.  I would have preferred more of her, and less of the (usually campy) shock scenes.

  • Flower

    Flower

    ★½

    Yes, Zoey is great but the film is an offensive mess.

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    I lived 8th grade three times, once as a kid and once each as the father of a daughter and son. This movie is in turn devastating and optimistic, and the father in me just wanted to hold Kayla and not let go, even as I knew this would not work.  

    All parents of 10 year olds should be required to watch this film, and all middle school teachers/counselors/officials.

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★½

    Somehow I have missed this for 32 years. All of the 1.5 stars are for the visual effects of the fighter jets, which really hold up well. The acting, the dialog, and the plot were all pretty poor, and the 1980s styling -- many of the scenes are drown out by painful Kenny Loggins songs -- do not hold up at all in 2018.