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  • Good Morning, Vietnam

    Good Morning, Vietnam

    I pretty much despise this film from a variety of perspectives.

    The movie seems to have no real position on the Vietnam War, or the occupation of Vietnam by American troops. In the last 10 minutes there is a little bit of lip service paid to this issues, but it plays like an afterthought. It could have been a theme running through the film.

    Of the roughly 40 music montages in the film, a couple of them show images of…

  • The China Syndrome

    The China Syndrome

    ★★★★

    A seemingly minor mishap at a nuclear power plant had almost cataclysmic consequences. When the shift supervisor starts investigating on his own, he finds inaccuracies in the reporting and corners which had been cut in the engineering. If these issues resulted in, or contributed to another mishap, millions of lives could be lost.

    Meanwhile, a lady news reporter is doing a standard puff piece at the power plant, and she witnesses the issue. She is assured it was nothing, and…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★

    I know this will not be a popular opinion, but I did not like this film.

    I found it a crushingly ponderous existential meditation.

    The film's plot is about a man who is a "stalker". This means that he is a bit of a tour guide to a location or realm called "the zone". The Zone is explained in the film, but only vaugely. We know it is supposed to be a place where wishes come true. The stalker is…

  • Garden State

    Garden State

    ★★★

    Oppressive.

    Take every bad review that you have ever read about a Wes Anderson film and apply it to this movie. This is quirk for quirks sake.

    A lot has been said about the great soundtrack. I agree, the music on the soundtrack is fantastic. I also feel the same thing about the soundtrack from the film DAZED AND CONFUSED. And I also feel that both soundtracks are obvious and overwhelming.

    This movie drowns in its mise-en-scène. It has a…