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  • SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back

    SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    First time I've seen this since I saw it almost 34 years ago, when I was five years old. This is THE thing that got me hooked on special effects. Before this, I don't think I got, at a certain level, that people *made* this stuff. That there were models and bluescreen and stop motion animation and stage hands throwing stuff at Mark Hamill.

    Of course, this is, in part, a shill for The Empire Strikes Back (or, since it…

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  • Boss Level

    Boss Level

    ★★★★

    Way better than I expected, with way more heart. And it’s the first one of these I’ve seen that actually provides an explanation for the loop. Good times.

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★

    Great continuation of the story. Loved the character arcs. The parallel cutting in the third act was <chef’s kiss>.

    I suppose I should add a mention that this was my first movie back in a theater after 15 months or so. Everybody was considerate and shut up during the movie and it was wonderful.

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    After newly calibrating my projector, I notice the subtlety of the green cast of the imagery from inside the matrix. It's mostly in the flesh tones, and doesn't usually affect the black leather or dark, rainy streets, which stay pretty neutral, or even lean a tiny bit blue. An impressive and subtle color grade.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    Unabashed love.

    The second time seeing the film, unburdened by expectations, fears, and a burning anger at having a significant moment spoiled; undistracted by noticing callbacks for being callbacks and just now seeing them in the context of the new story… this is a fine, fine Star Wars film.


    Also, way better in 2D. Seattle Cinerama's laser projection is the best way to watch this film.