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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    I nearly fell asleep, that heavy eyed battle fought in classrooms where a jolt of energy miraculously hits just as the class ends - the weight of lids pulling as a drifting mind combines the words with internal images. I nearly fell asleep shifting in the chair listening to someone huff and puff a few rows back that their popcorn chewing was more noticeable during scenes without sound. I nearly fell asleep as slow slow step step slow turn stand…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★½

    Can't really fault the film, so much as my parenting. The older kid loves the first film, and the little one likes it a bunch too. But a 7:30 showing doesn't start till 8:00 after previews - so a five year old gets disengaged about halfway through. Civil War and Rogue One suffered the same fate - I need to relax on buying opening guy night tickets. 

    With the context of bringing a young child in I can share that…

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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…