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  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★

    Second watch for me.

    The cast is insane, but because it is so large, none of them really get a chance to shine or standout. I will say that Albert Finney is completely unrecognizable as Poirot.

    My opinions this time through are very similar to last time. The story takes too long to get going, without enough character backstory. I did like the intro where we are informed of the missing baby story line, but it is sort of tipping the hat so to speak.

    Hard to believe that this is the film Sidney Lumet directed between Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon.

  • Muppet Treasure Island

    Muppet Treasure Island

    ★★

    I have thoughts about Muppet Treasure Island.

    This is the first muppet movie I have seen where the muppets themselves are playing characters. I've never seen Muppets Christmas Carol. What this means is that Kermit the Frog (as an actor) is playing a character. In this film he is playing Captain Abraham Smollett, rumored to be a ruthless pirate, but in reality he is a humble, kind, and wise captain.

    This is part of the joke. We get to see…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    DDL brought to life one of cinema's most memorable characters, horrifying and sympathetic.

    Johnny Greenwood created a complex, neurotic, and mesmerizing score.

    Robert Elswit shot a film rich in texture, specific in pallet, and gorgeous beyond belief.

    Dylan Tichenor cut a film in a way that could have told the story simply through edits.

    PTA wrote a script that is obtuse and defiant. It is dense, yet accessible. Its a period piece / character study/ parable / cautionary tale /…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★½

    World building. This is what I take away from CHILDREN OF MEN. Alfonso Cuaron did such an amazing job of developing the world in which these characters live, that it is hard to think of them anywhere else, even though they are not that far removed from the world we live in now. I'm not a huge fan of BLADE RUNNER, but Ridley Scott did the same thing there.

    Of course this film is visually stunning, if not a bit…