Posts from the category "Reviews"

    Civil War (2024)

    The torch of the Statue of Liberty is shown in close up, surrounded by sandbags and occupied by troops with combat gear and guns.

    Some quick thoughts that definitely contain spoilers on Civil War.

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    April 18, 2024

    Categories: Reviews

    Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

    A woman embraces a man from behind in a close-up of their faces as they stare toward the ground with a background of bright light.

    I am having a really hard time with this movie.

    I didn’t like it. I might come around on it over time, but that initial viewing and the ending somewhat made me cringe. The message felt like Barry was being rewarded with the girl he really wants just because he needs it. But he’s violent! He thrashed the bathroom in the restaurant with her out at the table waiting! He’s bad and need desperately to get himself some help!

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    March 27, 2024
    Tags: adam sandler | paul thomas anderson
    Categories: Reviews

    Brazil (1985)

    A man wearing wings jumps from a filing cabinet drawer that is open among an entire wall of filig cabinet drawers with pink and blue neon lighting-styled title spelling Brazil.

    A lot of 1984, a lot of Kafka, a real noir, and great. I really liked this.

    This movie came out when I was 10, and around that time I saw everything I could. We had a family friend who worked for a studio who could somehow call this megaplex in my town and get me and my friends in whenever I wanted. I think my parents were horrified, but I called all the time and she was always awesome and hooked me up.

    Anyway, I saw everything that a kid might find at all interesting in those days. I never even heard of Brazil. That’s obviously on me, especially since I never heard of the movie until last year. But let’s forget about all that.

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    March 09, 2024

    Categories: Reviews

    Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

    Eyes stare at you while a set of arms is crossed in front, and many other sets of arms are crossed below in a show of solidarity.

    I was once again struck by the visuals in this movie. I had only ever seen it on a crappy DVD copy (or VHS before that) and remembered it as really dark and gritty and ugly. This time through is was dark and gritty and beautiful.

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    March 02, 2024
    Tags: 1984 | george orwell
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    The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

    A line art drawing shows one man dressed in traditional Mexican western attire being chased on horses by four men with guns.

    I came across this movie at a used bookstore while on the lookout for some movies that would fit in my collection. I picked this up and immediately held onto it because it was a western thing with that starred Edward James Olmos front and center. I expected action and a solid story. What I got was a tremendously moving and sad tale of what amounts to just plain old racism making one man’s life hell.

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    February 05, 2024
    Tags: racism | criterion collection | texas
    Categories: Reviews

    The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    A scarecrow, tin man, young woman, and lion walk down the yellow brick road with a small dog looking at them from the text title of the movie

    I got to see this on the big screen, and it was spectacular.

    I’m a product of seeing this on television once a year through my childhood, and as a result, this has always been one of my all-time favorites. But it’s an entirely different experience to see this on the big screen, watching what I presume is the 4K print (it sure looked like it) or better.

    While the movie is so beautiful, I was captured by the inability to rewind and take a second look at something. The result is a bit more magical, if that word applies. I couldn’t prove to myself that I saw what I thought I saw in a couple places, and the not knowing for sure leads me to think they meant it to be there.

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    February 01, 2024
    Tags: movies
    Categories: Reviews

    EO (2022)

    Cover art for the 2022 movie EO, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

    I had some idea how this would go, but not nearly to the extent that it is so sad. The opening scene immediately put me on edge. EO was dead, or really hurt, being loved by a companion, tears in her eyes, only to have EO pop up alive to applause from the audience they were performing in front of. I had a sick feeling from the dead donkey that never went away.

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    December 27, 2023
    Tags: donkey | jerzy skolimowski | eo
    Categories: Reviews

    Clash of the Titans (1981)

    Cover art for the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans, directed by Desmond Davis.

    Man, this thing kind of holds up. I went in thinking it’d be totally crap and dated, but it’s not all that bad. In fact, it’s pretty cool.

    This was another childhood favorite. I realize more than ever how much I gravitated toward these super dude-driven ego movies, but a few of them are more than total camp. This one is kinda there. Here’s why

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    Arthur Christmas (2011)

    The cover art for the 2011 movie Arthur Christmas, directed by Sarah Hall.

    Awesome surprise. I hadn’t heard of this movie until about five minutes before hitting Play, and had no idea even then what it was going to be. It was great! The cast is filled with great voices and the movie has really great jokes.

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    December 22, 2023
    Tags: holiday movie | jim broadbent | hugh laurie | sarah smith | bill nighy | arthur christmas | james mcavoy
    Categories: Reviews

    Blade Runner (1982)

    The characters in Blade Runner are set in a composite photo

    Since listening to a review of this on We Hate Movies a couple of weeks ago, I have been itching to watch this. My problem was that I only had a DVD copy, which I thought was really difficult to follow. The picture quality made the movie really, really dreary, which made me drowsy every time I watched. So, after a week or so of thinking about this, I ordered a copy of The Final Cut in 4K. It’s a movie I should own, so I figured now is as good a time as any to grab it.

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