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The Temple of Doom of Bond ventures - cluelessly seeped in exoticism and otherization, with its hero rampaging through the proceedings on autopilot, yet deeply silly and wonderful to sit back and bask in. Moves at a steady clip, never fails to entertain in spite of itself, and the production design is a forever stunner. Bonus points for the volcano lair.
Pop-Culture Opera. Seamless, mythical grandeur. World-building on a colossal scale, and effortless too. Basically everything you could want in one of these. That shot of the light in Yoda's hut fading out. That Vader/Luke 1-on-1. The production design and the Skywalker Sounds and the Ewoks and the matte paintings. God-level.
"We've been around for 200 years!"
A reclamation of the past, and the pain it wrought. Pretty much a miracle movie on all counts. Acts as a summation and a subversion of Scooby-Doo before James Gunn tried his hand at it, prodding at the details of their many ventures, each ending in rationality. But what if it's just evil? What if the villain is simply an embodiment of a perpetual cycle of historical trauma, cast into another realm due…
Lost in Translation, or should I say Communication? Cameron Crowe's filmography is so frequently tossed in the ring with filmmakers who started with canonical masterpieces and slowly declined off the deep end, but maybe it isn't that he's lost his touch, instead not really knowing how to speak his mind, for fear of the current response. Aloha is an oddity in that it freely, openly commands a space in your heart even if your logical synapses reject it. Amy…
I've always loved Gaspar Noe as a woozy, sleazy provocateur - someone who usually gets off on the same images he's dissecting. Enter the Void and Irreversible confronted similar passageways of experience and finality, each within the realms of exploitation and absurdity. So his recent dabbles in shock exercises and perversions, whether with his hardcore excesses in Love or the vicious, bubbling toxicity in his recent Climax, have left a lukewarm response in comparison. His latest is stripped down,…