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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    Hard to rate this because I genuinely enjoy the music, how this is uniquely suited to be a stage production, the choreography and spinning set are incredible, and I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t play the King George songs over and over when it was just coming out. I’m going to spend a paragraph writing about how I don’t like its politics but separated from those politics this is a great piece of musical theater. It’s something that’s…

  • Pompeii

    Pompeii

    ★★★★

    Like killing the horse to put it out of its misery at the start of the movie, perhaps it’s better to let a corrupted society burn to the ground. Others have talked about it, but there’s a shot where the sun emerges for a moment and Harrington admires the destruction, the source of his liberation (it’s probably the longest held shot in this entire thing). There’s a perverse beauty in seeing arrogance done away with, oppressive structures dissolve, and classes…

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  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★★

    It's raw, but it's also really fun to see the building blocks for Miller's style be developed. Miller knows how to expressively use montage to elicit an almost primal response & he repeatedly plays whichever notes he knows will get the audience to feel the necessary emotion.

    For example, the piece Miller composes for shock is essentially identical throughout the film. When Jessie discovers the hand attached to the back of her van, we cut from a medium of Jessie to…

  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy

    ★★★★½

    The tension from combining film noir’s hard shadows, silhouettes, and seedy nightclubs with the stylizations of a children’s book builds a reality where traditional cinematic devices are heightened beyond recognition or ignored. Unlike almost every other comic book movie, there’s no straddling between the mediums - Dick Tracy is unapologetically a comic book. Yet, despite all odds, these images are in motion. It's mesmerizing.