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  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Into the Wild
  • The Tree of Life
  • Magnolia

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  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★

  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles

    ★★★½

  • My Life with Caroline

    ★★★½

  • Superman

    ★★★½

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  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★

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

    The year in murder mysteries continues.

    Park Chan-wook is a great director. For my part, I’m glad he’s relaxed the aggressive psychosexual elements and trained his talents towards a hard genre piece. Police procedural-cum-forbidden romance is pretty hard to pass up in my book. 

    Hae-joon is the sum of his work as a homicide investigator. It puts his marriage on the backburner and has him scaling rock faces and tonguing old whiskey just so that every stone is overturned. When…

  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles

    The Man Who Could Work Miracles

    ★★★½

    Day 2 of hotel TCM finds me a hair late to the first (of two?) screenwriting effort of science fiction writer H. G. Wells. Like Day 1 I didn’t quite finish, but this time when I went to seek it out on YouTube it was a colorized version! What strange, postmodern fun this has all been.

    I’m obsessed with the eerie introduction to the story occurring on the cosmic scale between star-shimmered, ghoulishly translucent faces considering the affairs of mankind.…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Despite friends kicking down movie house doors to see this two, three, and four times and the constant push from commoner and critic to see this on “the biggest scene you can find” I had my own reasons for holding out.

    I lived with my grandfather for a brief stint and he got into the habit of screening movies for me. Top Gun was among them so I put the sequel among his Christmas haul and we finally found the…

  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★½

    At this point, its reputation far proceeds it. By any metric this is an accomplishment of creativity for its day with alien worlds manufactured using construction, design, and camera trickery. You’ll either laugh at the tin-foily costuming and flying square prison or tip your hat. 

    Overpaid Brando as top heavy Jor-El provides gravitas to the character even as all the behind the scenes ado dominates the conversation surrounding the performance. The truth is, he really only needed to show up.…