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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Watched with my 2-year old son. Here are some of his observations:

    - Darth Vader is "sick" (ill)
    - Every planet was "Earth"
    - The Death Star was "Moon" (that's no moon, son)
    - Every spacecraft was a "rocket ship"
    - "The robot (C3PO) walks on 2 legs!"
    - Chewbacca is his favorite character
    - Jawas are scary

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    I received a Kubrick box set for Christmas in 2015. I live in the US and the box set is from the UK. The Shining is one of my favorite movies of all time and I just watched the Blu-ray from this box set for the first time. When the movie was finished after barely 2 hours, I thought to myself "I remember this being longer." A quick internet search led me to discover that there is a US and…

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    On paper, this should be straight-to-DVD trash: A retired hitman gets pulled back into the game. However, it's the star and directors that make this movie great. Keanu reeves trained for months before filming and it shows on screen. His fighting, driving, and gunwork all look effortless. Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch capture the action in the middle of the frame with minimal cuts, allowing the viewer to clearly understand just how deadly John Wick actually is. The variety…

  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★½

    A unique noir from Orson Welles and one of the first movies to deal with Nazi crimes post-WW2. The studio notoriously meddled in the editing process and unfortunately it shows. The are call-backs to scenes we never see and hints of plo threads that never made it to eh final cut. I would love to have seen a Welles-cut of this movie because his innovative storytelling and directing is still all over this movie.

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  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★★★½

    I loved it. Emily Blunt is amazing as Mary Poppins. She brought a slightly different interpretation of the character, but still incorporated many of Julie Andrews' mannerisms. When she first appeared I welled-up and remained in a state of near-tears for the entire movie. The musical numbers were great and I was especially pleased to see one of them done in hand-drawn animation. Although this sequel is also a slight remake, all of the songs and set-pieces are original. As…

  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★★

    The clothing. The cars. The pastels. This movie is cocaine. Is Scarface over the top? Yes. But for Brian de Palma to bring Oliver Stone's violent and excessive script to life, over the top is all we could have asked for.