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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke

    ★½

    OK, so here's the deal. I head over to my folks house frequently to sit and watch a movie, have some pizza. This particular Saturday, my Dad's birthday (72), and my mother picked out a film that she thought would be a surefire winner, Cool Hand Luke. I'm pretty well read with movies, but had never seen this one. Before the film even began, strangely, I had a "bad feeling about this"... I asked my father... "give me an idea…

  • The Night Before

    The Night Before

    ★★★

    I'm challenging myself to dive into the entire world of these Millennial comedies. Many of them are stoner films, and I was thinking this one might be heavy on that angle. But it wasn't, which I liked. Yes, the film has that element, but it's not the crux of the story. The story is about friendship, love, and holiday spirit. So, it was a good film to watch today (actually started in last night, then had to head to folks…

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  • Stonehearst Asylum

    Stonehearst Asylum

    ★★★

    Sure, it was fun, but... under the covers, just under the surface... no real deeper substance or cohesion. Mostly just a fun theme park ride. Not really much to linger in one's mind after the lights come back up in the auditorium. I always enjoy Benny Kingsley. Caine strictly took a paycheck in this one. The ending 'twist', could have been developed so much more (and that would have given the film the juice it badly needed), but... oh well.…

  • Always Shine

    Always Shine

    ★★★½

    Simply put, what a hypnotic experience. A younger weaker sibling to The Neon Demon. It tranced me effectively as I watched it. And as I neared the end, my hope was, and is, that it was all mwam. That notion is growing on me. The photography, score, and direction washes over you like those beautiful Big Sur waves they kept showing us. I'm still wondering if this was role reversal. Maybe this was an extended session of running sides between…