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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★½

    The biggest shock is how old the characters look compared to the show--not having grown up with the franchise I never realized what a big time jump there was from TV to film. They look "flabby and embarrassed" as Pauline Kael put it, and it really puts a damper on the whole thing.

    Most of all, it's painfully obvious how heavily "2001" weighs on the filmmakers, which makes it awkward when you're constantly thinking how much worse these effects are…

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    ★★★½

    High expectations for this first rewatch since getting to know the show--and specifcally the episode this is based on. Disappointingly, the only element this film takes from the episode is Ricardo Montalban as the Khan character. I kept waiting for them to delve into the backstory and explore the rich and fascinating "history of a dark future" that the episode could only touch on. But Khan's only thing as a character is hating Kirk for leaving him on an abandoned…

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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…