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MoviePhreak

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“It ain’t cool bein’ no jive turkey this close to Thanksgiving.”

Favorite films

  • Trading Places
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • The Ice Storm
  • Parasite

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  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★½

  • Twentieth Century

    ★★½

  • The Siege

    ★★★

  • A Bug's Life

    ★★★½

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    I've never seen a movie quite like this before - and I've seen a hell of a lot of movies. It's minimalist, with muttered dialogue, a discordant score, a confusing plot, but none of that matters because each moment is so brilliantly composed and full of dread and shock. The violence is disturbing in its efficiency and straightforward-ness. Nothing is wasted in any of the shots, and so many brief moments reveal a thousand more stories (the woman on the…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Saw this back in the 70's, when I was a wee child, on a big screen at a revival house. Was kind of bored, didn't get it.

    Flash forward 40 or so years - Regal was showing it in IMAX (I missed the 70mm print at the Cinerama Dome a few months ago) and I was rewarded with no trailers, an Overture, an Intermission, and "The End" followed by 5 minutes of blank screen and the beautiful, strings-and-flutes-a'-blazin' finale of…

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  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★½

    I wanted to like this a lot more than I did, but for some reason I found my interest fading in and out - and it took me more than 3 separate viewings to finish it.

    Of course, the performances by Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Sly & the Family Stone, and Nina Simone were captivating - and some of the other performers brought tons of energy and musical vibrancy to the Harlem Cultural Festival. The background of the summer shows and…

  • The Ice Storm

    The Ice Storm

    ★★★★

    2nd time, 1st time in January 1998. Loved the book, thought the film was a terrific adaptation. And what a cast!

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  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★★

    Feels long at 2 and a half hours, and trimming some scenes in the middle would have gone a long way towards intensifying the drama, but overall a successful bio-pic of the Williams sisters and their determined, obsessed father. Captures the family’s dangerous life in Compton, the hard work and determination needed to fulfill their tennis dreams (his and theirs), and the inescapable issue of race that makes every move they make so important and ultimately impactful not only for…

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    11th time.

    Never gets old, always a joy.