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  • Inside Man

    Inside Man

    ★★★★½

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

    Inside Man, a genre picture, is the kind movie that Oscar tends to avoid, but it's very strong. Spike Lee is an erratic director, but he was on a roll in 2006 with this film and the New Orleans miniseries When the Levees Broke. Denzel Washington is the perfect combination of movie star and actor (the two don't have to go together), Jodie Foster nails her few scenes, and the supporting cast is fascinating; there's a lot to like here.…

  • A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly

    ★★★★½

    I used this film in a class one semester, so I gave it another look, this time with the commentary track turned on. It was a decent commentary, too, with a nice variety of people, Richard Linklater and Keanu Reeves and Philip K. Dick’s daughter among them. It’s an odd way to watch a movie, of course, and I don’t usually do it, but I’ve seen Scanner a few times and thought it would be useful in an educational sense. Nothing I saw or heard changed my opinion that this is the best Philip K. Dick adaptation yet.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

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

    I waited too long to watch this movie. It got critical raves, and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but I'm not a huge Marvel fan, not a huge Spider-Man fan, not a huge fan of animated features that don't come from Miyazaki. Plus, my wife, who is a fan of the Marvel movies, is the one who usually takes me to see them, and this one didn't interest her.

    Well, I've finally seen it, and it is every…

  • The Wages of Fear

    The Wages of Fear

    ★★★★★

    French existential guy movie from the 50s, right up my alley. Nothing I like better than a genre movie with something to say; Three Kings is another example of that kind of film, although it isn't nearly as wonderful as Wages of Fear.