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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    This was just what I hoped it would be. I even enjoyed the opening card of the date, realizing this takes place just over a month after my grandfather was born. A few years ago a family member found an old letter from his uncle to his family describing the great ships in New York harbor that were just built to transport troops to the war. Those ships were the biggest things he had seen since the Empire State Building…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    You can’t have a Host without a Parasite. I tried really hard to come in to this movie cold and based on the name alone I figured it would be one of the Bong science fiction movies like The Host, Okja or Snowpiecer. I didn’t realize it would be one of his straight thrillers like Mother or Memories of a Murder until I was walking up to the ticket counter and heard an old man with his grandson giving him…

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  • Licence to Kill

    Licence to Kill

    ★★★

    “Perhaps Licensed to (k)Ill was inevitable -- a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album's history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam, and this remarkable record, since mixing metal and hip-hop isn't necessarily an easy thing to do. Just sampling and scratching Sabbath and Zeppelin to hip-hop beats does not make for an automatically good record,…

  • Get Him to the Greek

    Get Him to the Greek

    ★★★½

    I appreciate that this is more of a spiritual sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall rather than keeping continuity of Jonah Hill’s characters. There are a few really solid jokes in here and none that are clunkers. Hill’s character is a little off the deep end but it is in service of the plot and the comedy. Sean Puffy Combs is really funny in this whether he is under playing an over the top line or saying something really crazy. I was on board with the fuzzy wall bit but the final song about it landed with a thud for me.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★½

    I think this viewing reawakened an old appreciation for this classic. I recently received a projector from an indiegogo campaign and this was the first movie that came to mind that should be the first viewing on it. The projector is intended for outdoor viewings in warmer weather so I aimed it at the ceiling in the living room and turned out the lights. This movie felt different than every other time I had seen it on a TV. It…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    This sets itself apart in the MI series of movies through its visual storytelling and the Hitchcock-like suspense mixed with a mini-Ocean’s 11-style heist factor. The cold open is one of the best in the series. Ving Rhames finally gets a shot at a little spot to shine by showing that he is a bit of the heart of the team, while simultaneously showing his character’s technical expertise. I’m glad this movie doesn’t fall into being a sloppy romantic triangle around Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. This could really find its way getting bumped up to five stars for just the love of movies.