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  • Shadows

    Shadows

    ★★★

    Not so enjoyable to watch, especially the first scene before you get used to the terrible improv "acting." The average modern audience probably can't get through the first scene, but they should try because it inserts into 1950s life--it's like time travel. Reminded me of watching old home films of my grandparents and their friends partying. And in retrospect I'm glad I got to experience this jazzy vibe and can now talk about Cassavetes at a dinner party without sounding as clueless as before.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★

    Christian Bale and Michael Caine come across as caricatures of themselves here--I almost laughed out loud thinking I was watching Coogan and Brydon in "The Trip." I don't know why Christian Bale is in this, really, his agent must have kompromat on Christopher Nolan or made some kind of bundled deal with the Batman movies. I mean this is really not a role for him. He's not an outright terrible actor, so it's still OK, but having a bulky Psycho…

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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…