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  • Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me

    Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me

    ★★★

    Very much enjoyed the format of allowing the voices of the people who were there tell the story. Perhaps you don't get the clarity of a 'factual' doc, but this approach was much more honest about how each person related to him. The dramatized footage was not as strong, but after the opening it's really not relied on very often.

  • House of Cards

    House of Cards

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An attempt at a Hitchcock style thriller as boxer Peppard gets embroiled with a family interested in bringing Algeria back under French control. Ultimately the convoluted plot makes little sense, and the ending is a peculiar left-field head-scratcher that makes you wonder why the villain thought it was a good idea. However the engaging performances by the leads and the effective score make it worth a watch. Just don't expect to sort it all out at the end.

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  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★★

    The A/V store across from the comic book place I used to frequent as an 80's teen used to run this in their window on a loop to attract customers. I'd end up catching 5-10 minutes of it each week, entranced at the visuals. Finally I was able to record it off PBS at some point and was shocked that there was an equally compelling soundtrack mated to the images. To this day I still see references to the style…

  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    ★★★

    It gets the characters and tone dead right and the voice performances are excellent. If you're a fan of the Batman and Joker characters my feeling is you will appreciate how their legacies are respected by this film. That being said, I think if they hadn't set the plot as part of the origin story I would have liked it better, as I kept mentally thinking "that's not the way it happened." This could have easily been adapted into a…