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  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy

    ★★★★

    Lots of nostalgia-bias on my part—things I noticed this time around:

    * The matte painting backgrounds + Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography are rich and enveloping… yellow, red, blue, green!
    * Danny Elfman soundtrack gives off strong batman in a yellow cape vibes
    * Those Sondheim ballad montages are rad

    “When do we eat?”

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Hit rewind to rewatch:
    * Poe powerslide an x-wing
    * Holdo’s silent lightspeed light show
    * Holdo’s silent “pew” while firing a blaster
    * Red ninja jedi with rad weapons

    The kids approved, but were utterly grossed out by the green milk scene.

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  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★★½

    This movie ranks among some of the greatest kid gang movies of all time: Goonies, Sandlot, Stand By Me, etc.

    The paranormal MacGuffin is really well done, but the feel-good storyline driven by smart ass kids who know how to save the day is what’ll make me want to see this again.

    Super 8 is pretty much all I want a movie to be… Fun to watch.

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★½

    Suicide Squad is 20 trailers interspersed with misplaced flashback sequences that fail to compensate for the lack of a story, vision, or theme.

    Boom! We’re doing something! Cue the Black Sabbath, AC/DC, White Stripes, Creedence, etc. song—then show everybody walking together in slow motion. Repeat. Over. And over.

    I suppose this is what you get for hiring a trailer house to edit your film (HT Tony Zhou)…

    So while Ayer pursued his original vision, Warners set about working on a…