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  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    ★★★★½

    After decades of galloping around the cosmos, the Enterprise crew has grown old. Seasoned? Sure. Bitter? Yes. Prejudiced? Absolutely. So after a lifetime of serving up a dish best served cold against the aggressive Klingons, the time has come for a long awaited peace. Who better to cater than James T. Kirk?

    In the first five minutes, this science fiction odyssey tackles more subtext than a trillion pretenders: the Klingon moon Praxis explodes with devastating results (officially birthing the Praxis…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★★

    Film was not born as art. Film was an experiment that expanded into entertainment, requiring time before it could be conferred with artistry. Paul Sylbert, a college professor, Academy Award winning production designer, and dear friend, had this to say on the subject:

    "Don't try to intellectualize film, or make it profound in the academic sense. It is a popular vernacular form. Simplicity and directness are two of its virtues."

    After decades of analysis, it is apparent to me that…

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  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    "We did everything right."

    This gives me the combined charge of great science fiction and a great disaster film, yet is infinitely more terrifying.

    The Chernobyl disaster was of intense interest to me even as a child. Perhaps it was my basic grasp of the dichotomy represented by the rapid advancement of society through nuclear technology contrasted by its loosely understood catastrophic implications. Hewn on the demands of coal and steam fuel, old minds believed that the science of a…

  • Voyagers

    Voyagers

    ★★½

    The promising premise of this sci-fi thriller quickly gives way to a daft appropriation of Lord of the Flies lacking any worthy substance. -

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    There's an elegant simplicity buried beneath the subtly soulful performances, elaborately filthy cyberpunk production design, labyrinthine procedural noir mystery, and gorgeous cinematography of this pseudo-cult paragon.

    What does it mean to make a choice?

    KD6-3.7 was designed for a purpose: 'retire' rogue replicants. He's good at his job, sheepishly avoiding the ire of his human superiors as he carves out his niche and saves up bonuses to enhance his Joi unit, the one thing that brings him a modicum of…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    I received a blu-ray Hitchcock set for Christmas I'd asked for primarily because I wished to own this film on the format. And I was once again swept away by its subtle, and not-so-subtle charms.

    The maze that is the film's entire first act is a sort of ponderous, leisurely game whose rules hypnotically obsess a man who desperately wishes to be useful and to be a good guy. All the while, the bows of Hermann's string score seem to…