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  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★½

    Film #62 of my 2018 MUBI Viewings

    *****

    Film #66 in my 2018 Netflix and Chill Challenge

    *****

    About an hour into this (award-wining) documentary one of the revolutionaries points out EXACTLY what is WRONG with their revolution and - in essence - what is wrong with this documentary.

    He says that they (the revolutionaries/protesters) only know how to say "NO!" and offer NO ALTERNATIVES as to what it IS that they actually do want. His friends quickly agree with…

  • A Branch of a Pine Is Tied Up

    A Branch of a Pine Is Tied Up

    ★★★★★

    Film #60 of my 2018 MUBI Viewings

    *****

    Beautiful short film that is haunting and emotionally complex.

    With shades of the Quay Brothers, this movie has gorgeously created stop-motion animation that seems to be a perfect fit for this bittersweet and emotionally arresting short film.

    The music is delicate and heartbreaking, full of rich tones that add layers of depth to this dialogue-free short. The connection of twin sisters who are unexpectedly separated and then must come to terms with…

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  • Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

    Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

    Film #68 in my 2018 Netflix and Chill Challenge

    *****

    "Same Sharks. Different Day."

    All the joy has been sucked right out of this once-fun wack-a-doo franchise. This movie is - BY FAR - the WORST of the five films. And that's really saying something.

    I mean - damn - I barely understood what was going on most of the time. Sure there were some sharks flying around... but this time the intentions are just all over the place. Who…

  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★

    "Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe."

    Man, does this movie hold up.
    Yeah, we have better effects these days... but, damn, the wonder of watching Superman fly still works on a visceral level.

    It's a great version of the story, and everything is well placed throughout the narrative.

    And then there's Christopher Reeve

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  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★★

    Case File #08 of CJ Probst's Bond-A-Thon
    My full Case File of Bond Reviews

    ***

    "I'm sure we'll be able to lick you into shape."

    FINALLY!
    We get some damn ROGER MOORE up in here!!!
    Such a welcome relief.

    To me... Roger Moore IS James Bond.

    And what a way to start!!!
    One of my most favorite Bond Films!!!

    Let me count the ways:
    (Some slight spoilers... Rough Waters Ahead, Be Advised)

    * Three cool deaths and we are INTO…

  • Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom

    ★★★★½

    FILM #13 of 35 in CINEMONSTER's Hoop-tober 4.0
    My Creepy Master List and Review Links can be found here:
    Slappy McGee's Hoop-tober 4.0 List

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    Oddly, this is my first Michael Powell film. Gotta watch more by this guy. This movie was EXTREMELY well done.

    What makes it so great is the empathy that Powell creates with the killer. Mark (the killer) is just plain nuts. But he's struggling with it. The dude KNOWS he's sick and that there is…