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  • The Flu

    The Flu

    ★★★

    If Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" is the understated thinking man's blockbuster then South Korea's "The Flu" is a full-blown disaster movie with any sort of subtelty, nuance and style brutally sacrificed in favor of over-the-top drama, major setpieces, shaky camerawork and frenzied editing. I mean, this film starts with a scene of the 2 leads dangling on a cable over a ventilation shaft while a car plummets down crashing and bouncing off of girders on its way down. That's what you…

  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★★★

    As a Nashville resident and a moderate aficionado of Swift's music I simply couldn't turn down the chance to watch this newest documentary once it popped up on Netflix.

    The doc is nothing groundbreaking, but still an enjoyable watch, especially if you like the star of the show. It's a sort of quick rundown starting with where she comes from to where she's at now. Lots of nice candid songwriting session videos and Taylor picking her own brain in front…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★★½

    Holy cow!

    I didn't expect Episode 9 to be a failure, but I was not prepared for how much I'd love this final outing of the Skywalker Saga!

    This captures the galaxy-spanning adventure vibe of the original trilogy so well! Actually the first half almost felt like an Indiana Jones film to me - ancient artifacts, travelling around and following clues, exploring weird and ancient locales. And then the last 40 minutes are made up of pure emotional fan service…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★½

    A huge disappointment!
    The one and a half stars are for the amazing technical achievement and the occasional moment with Timon And Pumba that works.

    From now on this is going to be my go-to example of how technology can't guarantee heart and soul. There's a giant disconnect between the technical prowess of the visuals and the voiceover work/writing. The voices are all wrong and constantly made me cringe and literally feel uncomfortable. And don't get me started about the…