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  • Eureka




    Third viewing, last seen at the 2000 Thessaloniki Film Festival. Wasn't quite as impressed this time, which I worry may be due at least in part to a combination of (a) watching it on a TV set (perhaps not ideal for 2.35 sepiatone) and (b) knowing that Aoyama hasn't made an especially notable film in the two decades since. (He's worked steadily, but e.g. Cannes very quickly lost interest; the only other one I've seen, Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani?,…

  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13



    Second or possibly third viewing (didn't start logging repeats until the following year), last seen when it opened. It was among the first handful of films I "reviewed" upon launching my website in August of '95, back when my prose style was considerably more utilitarian:

    First-rate Hollywood entertainment...if only all summer blockbusters were this good. It's a rare film that manages to generate tension and suspense despite the fact that there's no doubt about the outcome, but this one…

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  • Moonlight



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


    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm generally…

  • Sicario



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


    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

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