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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★★½

    Yes I've rated this rather high, I'll admit I'm a sucker for this movie. I love the soundtrack, the ensemble cast, the set pieces, the humor and the choice to set it in the '60's. 2015 was a very spy movie heavy year and perhaps genre fatigue was to the detriment of this movie. Perhaps it was some fatigue for Guy Richie after the the second Sherlock Holmes movie got a lukewarm reception against the show Sherlock. Maybe it's that…

  • Targets

    Targets

    ★★★★½

    I hadn't seen any Peter Bogdanovich movies before this (that I know) and only knew him from film criticism and Alfred Hitchcock documentaries. This has the suspense of a Hitchcock movie, perhaps better editing than some of his movies even, with an extra layer of unsettlingly realistic menace and violence. It's amazing in the juxtapositions, the cinematic horror vs. real life terror, and Norman Rockwell family setting with domestic violence. This is a great movie with the visceral fear I can only recall from a movie like Elephant.

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★★

    This movie hits the spot for me in a few ways. Thor is one of my favorite Cinematic characters from Marvel and Taika Waititi has now made three of my favorite movie of the last few years in this, Hunt For The Wilderpeople and What We Do In Shaddows. This movie is most impressive with its epic fantasy tableauxs and New Zealand humor.

  • Alphaville

    Alphaville

    ★★★★

    This is an odd one. Jean-Luc Godard creates a sci-fi/spy (or private eye) mindbender without any special effects and minimal sets (if any). I'm not sure if some of the dialogue is non-sense, pseudo-philosophy or a misdirect. At times it seems as though this movie would work well as a comedy as it leans heavily on absurdism for most of the movie. I felt the same way about Stalker, feeling as though it could have been peppered with jokes and…