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  • Frankenstein
  • Diary of a Lost Girl
  • Shoah
  • After Life

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  • Lady in the Water

    ★★★

  • Bloom

    ★★★★½

  • Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★½

  • Minari

    ★★★★½

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  • Lady in the Water

    Lady in the Water

    ★★★

    In LIFE OF BRIAN, one of John Cleese’s many characters accuses the Prophet, Brian, of making his prophecies up as he goes along.  That feels like one of the two big problems with LADY IN THE WATER, too.  The other is that character motivations seem forced.
       
    I like the core idea of humankind having lost the ability to be filled with awe or to be amazed by life.  (Indeed, one of the characters bemoans not being a child…

  • Bloom

    Bloom

    ★★★★½

    I have been dancing around the reading of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” for years.  I’ve made it chronologically through his other works (not including “Finnegan’s Wake” which I understand is more challenging than “Ulysses”), but when annotated explanations of a book are equally as massive as the original work … well, there’s that 1950’s science fiction novel that I’ve always wanted to read.
       
    I’ve set a goal for myself to read “Ulysses” next year.  In the meantime, I’ve sat…

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  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★★★

    BATMAN is Cinematic Comfort Food for me.  I have had a long journey with this film through the years, and it is the motion picture I saw the most times in theaters during its first run … 11 times.  (1980’s FAME came in second at 9, and FM is third at 8.)
       
    I was a tremendous fan of the dark side of Batman, the Dark Knight.  But, that portrayal had become lost in many ways.  My generation grew…

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★★

    When I first saw DIRTY HARRY, I was several months underage.  The older brother of my best friend worked at the theater as an usher and agreed to “pass” me.  I was so excited to be seeing a film in the theater that had nudity and bloody violence.  (Hey, I led a sheltered life.)
        
    What I took away from it was a healthy respect for an incredibly intense story, the most believably real psychopathic villain I’ve still ever…