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  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Robin Hood
  • The Ring
  • Adaptation.

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  • Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★

  • James and the Giant Peach

    ★½

  • Death on the Nile

    ★★★½

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★½

    In a horrible year with awful politics and deaths and, and... you know, just the awfulness that 2016 has been, I've taken some respite by getting angry over some goddamned trivial stuff. Mostly that means being a solitary voice in the darkness that loudly, proudly says, "Die Hard is not a fucking Christmas movie, you assholes."

    You know what Christmas movies are? They are movies that can only be watched in December. There's no other time it makes sense to…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    [abrasive synth]
    [heavy breathing]
    [doorbell ringing]

    It's been a long time since I've watched Halloween. I would get into why, but it's a boring story. Suffice to say, I didn't have access. And now I do. Wasn't sure how Halloween would hold up. I've wavered in opinion with various other cornerstone horror franchises (Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th), and it's been a long time.

    It's apparent from the opening scene that Halloween holds the FUCK up.

    Every year…

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  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★

    We all sort of see Koyaanisqatsi as a meditation on the contrast between nature and technology. It's a documentary that leans wholly on image, with nary a whiff of spoken narration to help drive the message. Yet the image alone—combined with Phillip Glass's stunning score—does the trick. But I don't really want to talk about that. Better reviewers and critics out there if you're interested in looking at Koyaanisqatsi's intended message.

    For me what stood out on this rewatch is…

  • James and the Giant Peach

    James and the Giant Peach

    ★½

    Of the popular, mainstream Roald Dahl stories, James and the Giant Peach has always been something of an oddity. While my memory of the book is very hazy (it's been a long, long time since I read it) and I'm pretty sure this adaptation does it no favors, just on pure "book blurb" basics it's still a story of a kid who flies a giant-ass peach across the ocean with a bunch of human-sized bugs. And either you find that…

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Superhero movies rarely deliver on hype. Based on the amount of eye rolling I did during the first couple of scenes, I figured Wonder Women would be another so-so trek into mildly enjoyable (but ultimately disposable) superhero cinema.

    In a rare case of a film being able to overcome a bad first impression, Wonder Woman ends up impressing with its fluid as fuck action sequences (the beach scene, in particular, is worth a standing ovation) and good on-screen chemistry between…