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  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    I can remember the exact moment I forgot why I had fallen in love with my ex-wife. We had already been divorced for a little over a year. She was involved with another man at that point and had asked for my consent to move the kids out of state with her so she could get re-married. Her “ask” involved a veiled threat to move the kids somewhere within California further than the place in Arizona where she intended to…

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★★

    A Tale of Two Women 

    Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is a schizophrenic masterpiece. This should not come as a surprise. The first half focuses on one character; the second on another. Our sympathetic monster’s psyche is fractured down the middle. Even Marion Crane’s lingerie in her two hotel rooms reveal a duality—white in the opening scene, black at the Bates Motel. Throughout this movie, schisms and binaries are constantly at work.

    This goes double for behind-the-camera. You could say Psycho is just as much a…

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  • Ip Man

    Ip Man

    ★★★★

    This origin story of China’s legendary grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung-fu is a remarkable superhero film. Donnie Yen’s understated performance brings out the underlying humanity in the practice of Kung-fu. His fight against the fascist Japanese regime is a fight for civil rights, and it is stirring.

  • Snatchers

    Snatchers

    ★★★½

    This was a really goofy throwback to Amblin movies like Gremlins and Arachnophobia. It is also an incredibly entertaining sci-if monster story. Perfect for movie nights with friends, or as an entry-level introduction to horror for the kids.

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  • A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark

    ★★★★

    It's hard for me to judge A SHOT IN THE DARK based on its own merits, as I usually do, because I watched it on the request of my son, Tommy. Tommy is almost 14, and has autism. For the last few years he has been obsessed with film composers. He can recite the IMDb filmographies of most with savant-like precision, and often corrects me. His current favorite is Henry Mancini, and he asked me to sit down and watch…

  • Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo & Juliet

    Disclaimer: I am a high school English teacher. I mainly teach Freshman English. Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET is a required text. In 15 years, I've taught it about 10-12 times. So, it should be duly noted that I am hypercritical of any adaptation of a play with which I am incredibly familiar.

    ROMEO & JULIET sucked. It is the worst adaptation of this play I've ever seen, and that includes high school stage productions, which make up for their lack of…