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  • Jerry Before Seinfeld

    Jerry Before Seinfeld

    ★★★

    I knew a lot of these stories and jokes already just from being a fan and following Jerry for so long. Not the "first joke ever," though, and it's a pretty great one, but the whole enterprise reeks of self-indulgence, which Jerry's stuff usually doesn't at all. Comedians in Cars getting Coffee for example is remarkably focused on the guests. Here, there are two guests and we're never told who they are and it's off-putting to see them looking older,…

  • In the Company of Men

    In the Company of Men

    ★★★

    Not the best choice for casual movie night with new friends. I heard there's a phenomenon where some piece of art or entertainment you like suddenly seems worse to you while you're showing it to friends to get them into it. This was like that, except it actually was worse than it was in the '90s when I first saw it. Except that it led to a really interesting discussion afterwards, which is one of my criteria for a film…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

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

    TL;DR: "2001" is a great film, and it's worth watching even if the circumstances aren't perfect.

    I've been pondering what an enormous range of experiences watching a movie is for people in 2013. From silent reverence in front of 35mm projections to an iPad and headphones while falling asleep, it's a wider spectrum than what I once experienced simply as: a) going to the cinema with friends or family, b) watching on TV enduring commercial breaks or on VHS tapes…

  • Training Day

    Training Day

    ★★★★

    The best part about joining this site was retroactively giving a grade to films I've seen while combing the site's database. This was easy for me as Netflix used to have a similar social layer without half-stars that I used and I mostly clicked on the same star (give or take a 1/2). I don't know what kind of psychological profile it gives me (insane film rating completist?) but I went back pretty far in time in terms of what…