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  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • GoodFellas
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Lost in Translation

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  • The Vampire Hunters Club

  • Class

    ★★½

  • City of Ember

    ★★★

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    ★★★½

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  • Class

    Class

    ★★½

    This movie got off to a great start. This subgenre of "coming of age" film that involves prep school has some of my favorites like Making the Grade, Dead Poet's Society, and If... and this was setting itself up to join that company. This film manages to somehow pull the rug out from beneath itself however. Where the three prior films succeed are in their respective tone and consistency. Making the Grade is a comedy that relies on the charisma…

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Anatomy of a Murder

    ★★★★★

    It's not uncommon to hear someone mention that filmmakers and writers have "run out of ideas", and the principals that belief stems from. This film is from an era of iconic performances based on the characterization of court cases and legal battles, with 12 Angry Men and To Kill a Mockingbird inseparable from Anatomy of a Murder. You cannot talk about one without the other, and the absolute craft and specificity required to build these characters and talk about such…

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  • The Vampire Hunters Club

    The Vampire Hunters Club

    Brought to you by my good friend stink0.

    What to say about this... nothing worse in terms of bad movies than a bad comedy. It's pretty funny considering how bad it is, but since its only thirty minutes, I find it more of a case of "having a good time", something I don't experience often. It's just some people making a stupid movie for fun, and it's stupid and cheap, but I know they were laughing at it along the way. At least I hope so. Free on YouTube!

  • City of Ember

    City of Ember

    ★★★

    An overall flat family fun adventure romp with some decent world building and storytelling. If I had seen this when I was a kid, I would've loved it! This film does what some of the strongest children films do, in giving the audience multiple protagonists to follow, each with their own simple yet different personality. This film is great for a tween, and I could've been that kid once upon a time. So here's to that, thankful I'm still on this damn rock.

    Me too Bill, me too.

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

    There has only been one other movie that has damaged me on such a human level, and the beats required to compel me in this way are tough to hit. You need to build a world out of something familiar yet somewhat disconnected, establish characters that exist within this space differently then they would in the alluded "space outside the space" and bring them together to reevaluate their purpose, an incredible understanding of pacing and the bridging of comedy and…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    How can a film talk such a big game and underperform so heavily. Well deserved credit to all of the technical craft, but the actual story elements are boring, predictable, and made comical with the obnoxious score. Maybe if I hadn't read that this was this generations Lawrence of Arabia I wouldn't be so mad, but literally every concept in this film has been done before, bigger and better. That's not to say a film needs to be wholely original,…