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  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    ★★

    The Technicolor is truly gorgeous, but almost everything else: Yeesh.

    I've been focusing on Westerns in the second half of 2018, and this is the first one that embodies most of my negative notions about the genre. The threats are fully externalized here — it's all cavalry vs. "hostiles," with all the internal strife minimized or played for laughs.

    Contrast with Stagecoach, which has the same unfortunate faceless Native threat but draws its real power from conflicts among the passengers.…

  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★★

    I don't have much to add to the general acclaim, but it's amazing how breezy this movie is, and also how simple Hawks makes that feel.

    Reminded me of Out of Sight and Elmore Leonard.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Scattered thoughts:

    Among so many other riches, this features my favorite Scarlett Johansson performance since GHOST WORLD. In that one she was perfectly affectless; in this one she's almost all affect.

    This is an intimate portrayal of a momentous event: What happens when we create artificial intelligence?

    This would make a fantastic double feature with A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. "Artificial" love as hardware vs. as software.

    Contrast: artificial life forms in a futuristic Los Angeles here vs. in BLADE RUNNER. (I…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    I remember watching this movie on TV — apparently in 1983, when I was 13, which is when it premiered — and finding it completely terrifying, huddling with my mom and hoping Wendy and Danny made it out. And ever since then, I've had a vague voice saying "yeah, that was good, but don't watch it again" in the back of my head. (Made easier because I'm in the "Kubrick's cold genius doesn't do it for me" camp, in general.)…