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  • Kiss Me, Stupid

    Kiss Me, Stupid

    ★★★½

    It's amazing how successful this is despite the lead performance being a total failure. Ray Walston tries his damndest to sink this picture, with his overselling of every joke and facial expressions that destroy any chance at a decent punchline. Luckily, Wilder's script is good, and the rest of the cast is up to the task. The script goes to places you wouldn't expect in 1964, but oddly ends up being decidedly warm and sentimental by the conclusion. A lot…

  • Two in the Wave

    Two in the Wave

    ★★

    Offers a decent amount of insight for people first exploring this type of cinema, but if you've dipped your toes in the water before, there is little new information here. This is essentially a compilation of still images, scenes from films, and a random girl doing absolutely nothing. The dis-interested narration doesn't help liven any of this up and while I was never bored to the point of turning it off, it didn't leave me with the usual feeling of fulfillment documentaries so often do.

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    The concept may seem trite to some of the younger generation, but in 1999 the possibilities of the internet were new and this dark take was fresh and invigorating. It still works not because the concept is so brilliant, but because of the phenomenal execution. The H.R. Giger-esque world is still frightening and the effects sell it completely. The sentinels are fucking terrifying and the fields of humans bred for energy is a visual that's hard to shake. Rain soaked…

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★

    This covers much of the same ground Schindler's List did but with a more personal touch, essentially following a single character and his family and their fight for survival. At that, it works tremendously well. The fear is evident almost immediately as we get a shocking scene early on of an elderly man in his wheelchair being dumped off a balcony. I've seen many things in cinema and it's hard to stun me, but I let out an audible gasp…