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  • The Blues Brothers
  • What's Up, Doc?
  • Yi Yi
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★

  • Disciples of the 36th Chamber

    ★★★½

  • La Notte

    ★★★★½

  • Last Action Hero

    ★★★★

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★

    My first by J. A. Bayona, the fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise and second of the World trilogy. Plotwise this one is absolutely rock stupid. It starts off with like five minutes of thoroughly ham-fisted exposition to sell a premise that is very, very half-baked, and in the process, we learn that all of Claire’s life or death encounters with dinosaurs from the first film have somehow made her into a grassroots ‘save the dinos’ environmentalist. Part of…

  • Disciples of the 36th Chamber

    Disciples of the 36th Chamber

    ★★★½

    My tenth by Lau Kar-Leung, the third in Arrow’s ShawScope Vol 2 set, and the third of the 36th Chamber films. Gordon Liu is playing San De again like in the first film, but the main character this time is Hsiao Ho, who plays a young Fong Sai-Yuk. He is a martial arts prodigy and has unbelievable strength, constitution, athleticism and stamina, but no discipline or respect whatsoever. After a chance encounter with the monk San De, he goes looking…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    My second film by the Safdie Brothers.
    To begin with, from the two that I've seen and from what I read about their other films, it's evident that as directors, the Safdies produce films with one very particular energy to them, which is something akin to an almost constant heightened sense of extreme anxiety. This is accomplished by having their protagonists be impulsive and short-sighed to an extreme fault - it's an uncomfortable person to have to accompany for the…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    My tenth film by Martin Scorsese. I think this marks the longest film I've ever seen in a theater and the first time I've gone to see a movie made for a streaming service in theaters instead of just watching it at home.
    I've got a lot of kind of scattered thoughts on this movie, but overall I thought it was very good, although I don't know if I would have the attention span to watch another film of this…