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  • Evolution

    Evolution

    ★★★★★

    I dropped my Netflix dvd plan down to one disk, and this was the last remaining of the three on the shelf before I started a one disk rotation. Been in my house since June. All my red sleeves somehow were tossed out, while looking for the address realized this is available for streaming. I look forward to switching this out with Blow Out, top of my queue “blindspot” film.

    I forgot what this was about, or at least what…

  • Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    ★★★★

    Watched this for Family Movie. Been a tradition since my youth. Some observations:
    - My wife pointed out how dirty all the characters hands are. Once you see it, you can't un-see it. I couldn't turn my eyes away from those filthy hands, especially Santa!
    - In the beginning the snowman is talking to the audience. He realizes "we" haven't heard the tale of Rudolf and say pull up an ice block. I wonder, what was he on the screen…

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★★

    I have long contended that the setting in a Coen brothers movie is also a character. By this I mean that their settings are often one of the most distinguishing elements of their films, their settings help to drive the plot just as much as the people do, and their settings seem to have a life of their own.

    I'm often in awe of the authentic language they are able to give their characters based on the setting, balancing a…

  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★★

    Whenever Miller's Crossing begins, I get the same feeling I do when talking to an old friend or listening to a favorite song from my youth. Movies like GoodFellas can cause the "I can't turn it off" effect. This film also falls into that category. But GoodFellas excites and challenges, where Miller's Crossing comforts.

    The Coen Brothers have a layered use of language, and this is a prime example. Here the language works as a way of establishing setting, of…