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  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★★½

  • Murder at the Vanities

    ★★½

  • Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

    ★★★½

  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

    ★★

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  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

    I know I’ve seen many say that The Elephant Man is the least Lynchian film from David Lynch. Honestly, I don’t know where I’d put it on a sliding scale of most-to-least Lynchian in his filmography, but The Elephant Man isn’t lacking in attributes that make it Lynchian. Eraserhead introduced Lynch to the world, and formed the basis of “Lynchian”. Yet, that’s only half of it. The Elephant Man introduced the world to the second half of the equation: the humanization. People are…

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★★

    Why isn't this out on 4k yet? I haven't revisited this hyper-saturated kaleidoscope since I wrote, specifically, on how transitions are used in Speed Racer while I was in school. Albeit, I probably watched it 20-25 times in a month's span back then, so I've been covered on my watch quota since. I'm going to paste a small section from my paper about the creation of the distinct look of the film, and then the larger section on the Grand…

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  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★★½

    It’s way too long at 2 hours, the Marvel influence is frustratingly glaring, the acting leaves a lot to be desired, and - maybe most egregious - the action is lackluster. That last one is probably because I’ve been drowning myself in Tsui Hark movies lately, but, really, the action just isn’t very good, regardless of whether or not you’ve been watching Hark movies. All that said, there’s deep ninja lore and Samara Weaving, and those are two huge positives.

  • Murder at the Vanities

    Murder at the Vanities

    ★★½

    My brain couldn't process the amount of skin I was seeing in a Hollywood production from 1934. Look what the Hays Code took from us...

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  • Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

    Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

    ★★★½

    It's amazing how Tsui Hark has been able to evolve and adapt over his 40 year career. He continually reinvents himself and the genres he tackles in ways that influence countless others. He embraces CGI and uses it to ascend this entry in the Detective Dee franchise to new levels of lunacy and bombast. Pure imaginative fun.

  • Kitty

    Kitty

    ★★½

    Mitchell Leisen's takes a swing at the Pygmalion story. Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland both give good performances, and the period flourishes are opulent and rich. The script could smarter and quite a bit tighter, even at 103 minutes it feels long. Maybe it's because I'm partial to My Fair Lady which nearly crests 3 hours and doesn't slog like Kitty does. Not to discount Kitty, it's still an interestingly cynical take released at a time where it was very different than other films, especially period films.