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  • Fences



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

    I can see why Denzel chose to direct this - just to cast himself as the lead. He never shuts up. The camera never stops moving really. He never shuts up but his acting is quite good in a Denzel Washington kind of way (except for when he can't taste anything and keeps telling the air about while licking a baseball bat). Viola Davis is great though.

    Best part was when he died...although that did seem to take forever.

  • Alien



    Yaphet Kotto is the best.

    I thought I've seen this before but it turns out it was merely implanted into my mind through pop culture references. I love that most of what drives the action and the plot happens to be the cat...finding the cat, wrangling the cat and securing the cat. Yet, at the same time, the appearance of the cat is not explained (unless I missed it). Was the cat unthawed after everyone else? Why not show the…

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