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  • The Great McGinty

    The Great McGinty

    ★★★

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

    Here's something I rarely say: this movie should have been longer. There should have been more buildup in the relationship between Dan and Catharine before they fell in love. More important, there should have been a denouement resolving their relationship in some way. It brings down the whole film, which is otherwise pretty good.

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Watching in honor of Shinobu Hashimoto (though perhaps it would be more fitting to watch Rashomon instead...I might do that next). One of the world's greatest screenwriters, lived to be 100; that dude won at life, my friends.

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    It really isn't just nostalgia.
    I saw this in the theater when I was ten. I didn't know anything about genres then, but if I had, I would enthusiastically have said that this set the standard for action/adventure films. Watching it now, more than thirty years later, it is still the standard. It has simply never been equaled. There's not a casting choice, not a plot development, not a line of dialog, not a single frame I would change about…

  • Heart of the Dragon

    Heart of the Dragon

    ★★

    I love Jackie Chan, but you know what I don't love? Watching Jackie shoot people. That's not what his movies are for. This one has a pretty good fight at the end (Dick Wei is always worth seeing, and always seems to bring out Jackie's best), but otherwise this is just a movie about Jackie and his developmentally disabled brother, and when there is action it's almost exclusively gunfights. Very disappointing, considering it's Jackie and Sammo Hung right when they were both at their peak.