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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    First of all: racism. And lots of it.

    Secondly: Forgive my feminism, but... this was intended to be a story about a woman's career, right? Well, instead: it's the story of a man who discovered a woman, how her rise to stardom affected his career, and how any choice she made for the rest of her life after his death was completely informed by his life's work.

    No, it's not about a couple whose stars went in different directions. It's…

  • Electric Dreams

    Electric Dreams

    Caught some of it between the Letterboxd Movie Nights chat room banter- we were a group of 3 shocked that we were watching a movie in need of so much commentary and only 3 people to watch it. It's one of the classic LMN selections and yet, we were only 3. You all missed out. You really did.

    What I did catch involved too much, too soon escalating 80's tech-suspense over a suddenly very animated computer personality with out-of-the-blue human…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★★

    This review was written in 2011, I believe:

    How many times is a rip-off able to surpass the thing it owes its' existence to? Only two films come to mind (Piranha is the other). Friday the 13th had great pieces but really didn't come together to be the best it could be (though it's still a personal favorite and always will be). Sleepaway Camp aims lower but nonetheless passes with Sleaze Honors. In the arena of so-bad-it's-good horror movies -…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★

    #63 in my 99 90's Movies month.

    Excitement and danger come first, characters come second. Which is totally okay in Spielbergia. Though those kids are incredibly annoying at times. ("Vegiesaurus! Meatasaurus!" ...Really, movie?) And some of the drama is pretty seriously forced down your throat (Laura Dern before eating the ice cream, Attenborough's super-scream on the telephone, Jeff Goldblum... in general, that kid and the tree climbing, and the fence jumping). But it is exciting and it never did skimp on the danger, did it? Holds up surprisingly well. I probably never enjoyed it this much.