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  • Shampoo

    Shampoo

    ★★★½

    Upon rewatch, I noticed that up until the last scene (where George is chasing Jackie through the canyons at a high rate of speed) Warren Beatty did his own motorcycle riding. Also, he did his own f&@%ing.

  • Deliverance

    Deliverance

    ★★★★

    In 1995 Ali and I took a spring break road trip, and we went where all young spring breakers go: Tennessee. After a few days in Memphis and Nashville and visiting a few random oddities Ali had picked out of a guide book, we spent the last day of our trip driving through the Great Smoky Mountains just over the North Carolina border. We drove for a long while through windy roads with deep woods on both sides and few…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    Docked a half-star for the digital bastardizations of two human faces.  If I wanted to see a video game I'd play video games.  It smacks of a dearth of filmmaking imagination.  Think of how much more effective the end would have been if you'd only seen Leia's back and heard her voice.  It's an even better alternative now, post-Carrie Fisher's death.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    The overly-nostalgic of us born in the '70s are always chasing the new ALIEN or BLADE RUNNER or THE THING, and this is it. However, it's not the new STALKER, regardless of any similarities in story or attempted tone. Candidly, the qualitative difference between Garland's atheism and Tarkovsky's Christianity goes a long way toward explaining why the scope is narrower in terms of the actual danger presented to the people who enter the "zone" in each film. We're still primarily…