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  • Bon Voyage

    Bon Voyage

    ★★★

    Just a footnote in Hitchcock's career, but it's an interesting footnote.

  • Tom Jones

    Tom Jones

    ★★½

    Well, that was disappointing. The famous eating-as-a-metaphor-for-sex scene made me laugh, and the climactic rescue scene has verve. But overall, this is more frantic (undercranked running around? really?) than fun, and its attitude toward women is icky.

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  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★★★

    I wish I could have been with an audience on this movie's premiere just to see the reaction when the first head exploded. I can only imagine the bedlam that must have erupted.

    Strong script, tautly directed. Patrick McGoohan is a joy to watch, as usual (I'm a huge fan of "The Prisoner"). Stephen Lack is a stiff, but sometimes he makes the lack of affect work for him. Other times, he just looks extremely constipated. Painfully, perhaps lethally constipated, especially while he's scanning.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    I first saw this as a teenager in the late '70s on a reissue, in a theater with a very large screen (though I can't honestly remember if it was 35MM or 70MM). I had already read the book (and even the "Making of 2001" book), and I loved it. Can't say I always "got" it, but I knew it was an overwhelming work of art.

    I've seen it on video numerous times since then, letterboxed but, c'mon, you need…