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  • Spielberg

    Spielberg

    ★★★½

    Too short, eliding over some key works. Needed more critical voices, especially people of color. The actor anecdotes are priceless, especially Jeff Goldblum. I'm amazed how a certain biographical detail matches a plot point in Catch Me If You Can, and goes unremarked upon here. The ending is as schmaltzy as some of Spielberg's least convincing climaxes, but damned if the tears don't flow.

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★

    I'm still working out the nexus between "Slugworth"'s bribes and Wonka's nasty tricks and traps set specifically for the nasty brats.

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★½

    Remember feeling frustrated by Captain America's awesome montage sequence, and wishing we could see it play it closer to real-time, or at least movie-time?
    Wonder Woman is that movie! The ratio of cool characters doing cool shit vs. "obligatory comic book mythology" is super high... But then the last act happens and nearly drowns the film, which had been one of the best superhero origin stories ever, in deadly dull monologues. ~15 minutes should've been trimmed from its 2h20m runtime. But see it - Diana is the absolute boss!

  • On the Town

    On the Town

    ★★★★

    My prehistoric man
    No psychoanalysis
    He never knew what made him tick
    He never paid, it seems, for telling his dreams
    Poor prehistoric Dick 🍆