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  • Get Carter

    Get Carter

    ★★★½

    Maybe I'm a softy, but I kept thinking Michael Caine would have mercy repeatedly throughout the finale of Get Carter and was consistently proven wrong. This is legitimately one of the most sinister revenge films I've ever seen, and I'm not even sure it's the violent content but the setting and how it's presented that took me by surprise. I couldn't have been the only one who thought that Carter was gonna dive in and save the girl in the…

  • Point Blank

    Point Blank

    ★★★★½

    Equally interesting on both a thematic and cinematic level, Point Blank surprised me and left me a bit speechless at it's conclusion. During the opening sections of the film, I was merely stunned at how great and ahead of it's time the editing was. The sounds of the footsteps walking towards his ex-wife's house intercut with the journey en-route was essentially hypnotic and fluid even in it's chaotic, non-linear ambition. From an acting perspective, Marvin does very little here but…

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★½

    I just got back from seeing the 40th anniversary on an 80 foot screen in a mostly empty theater. Now, I've seen this many times before and already knew I loved it, but seeing it again today made it's virtues all the more clear. This is a film that expects us to be impressed with the very idea that aliens are visiting us. Not that we are at war with aliens, or that there is even interaction, but the idea…

  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory

    ★★★★½

    The idea that Dory has short term memory loss always had a world of potential left unexplored in Nemo. Like everything else in that film, only the humor of it was mined, and the very obvious sadness that probably accompanied the condition is ignored. Luckily, that and many other things are rectified in this magnificent sequel that not only manages to vastly improve upon it’s predecessor, but give some weight to Dory in that film by reverse engineering the plot.…