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Favorite films

  • The Mark of Zorro
  • The Narrow Margin
  • One False Move
  • Forty Guns

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  • Little Murders

    ★★★★

  • A Night at the Opera

    ★★★★

  • Airport

    ★★★½

  • Police Story

    ★★★

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  • Saltburn

    Saltburn

    ★★

    Loved the moment the title came on the screen, but pretty much all downhill from there.

    Not sure what this really wanted to be. It's a thematic mishmash, full of moments that add and subtract from the film in such equal measure, what's left is a cinematic shrug. Albeit a pretty one.

    Told reallllly slowly at times, and lightning quick at others. Honestly, for a movie with a maze I suppose it makes a lot of sense that this meanders…

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★½

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

    I can completely understand why this movie is lauded but it is not for me.

    Here's some thoughts I had while watching this film:

    - Wow, donkeys are real furry when they are young.

    - So is that the sick girl? Is she dead? Wouldn't they be more upset if she was dead?

    - So everyone's grown up now and there's the whip. And there's the donkey.

    - Oh, they're hitting the donkey. I wonder how they filmed that.

    -…

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  • Little Murders

    Little Murders

    ★★★★

    I remember liking this when I watched it as a teenager, but, more so, I remember really wanting to like this back then. As if it’s satire and social commentary and bleak cynicism were things I was already extremely fluent in as a 16-year old. I can assure you I was not. But even then I enjoyed the energy of Sutherland’s extended cameo, though I may have just smiled and nodded at the rest of the shenanigans.

    Now it’s funnier. Still…

  • Police Story

    Police Story

    ★★★

    Ends on such an unabated moment of rage and giddy burst of righteous violence, you forget that much of the middle of the movie is mired in attempts at humour that land like a limp body falling on a moving escalator. If even one of the jokes hit like a face crashing through a plate glass window I would have been drawn out of my stupor waiting for the inevitable (and admittedly fantastic) climax.

    Starts incredibly strong and finishes the same. Will watch again simply for the insanity those moments provide.

    Would have gladly traded the slow parts for more behind the scenes end credit footage.

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Not the funniest, but definitely the most emotionally affecting episode of Parks and Recreation I've ever seen.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★★★

    Yes, it plays like a Public Service Announcement for Middle America ca. 1967, but it is a beautifully acted Public Service Announcement.

    No, it hasn't dated that well, but when Tracy gives the speech at the end, and there's Katherine Hepburn looking on, eyes overflowing with tears, knowing that this will be Tracy's last moment on screen ... well it's one of those moments where the weight of what was happening outside the movie was greater than what was going on in the movie.

    And I'm not ashamed to admit, it kind of wrecked me.