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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★½

    Saw this at a Drive-In theater - perfect movie for this type of viewing. When the science jargon gets too Blah Blah Science Words, we pet the dog. When the action scenes kicked into high gear, the bass from the back of our car vibrated against our backs (4D may be a ridiculous jump, but inserting sub-woofers into seats would be an amazing reason to go to the theater...). We could mock Mystery Science Theater 3000 style moments that deserved…

  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    ★★★★★

    How could I doubt a Scorsese picture? Maybe because it was over 3 hours long, maybe because I really didn't connect with George (so I thought) and didn't follow his solo career. I expected some cool editing around stuff I already knew, drawn out by digging deeper into the known. I was not prepared for this film.

    It's so much more than a document of a musician or the music process. Yet it also explains the music. So many songs…

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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…