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  • The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    ★★★½

    BOURNE IDENTITY is an enjoyable little movie and one of the few times were using amnesia as a plot-device actually works.

    The premise is high-concept enough: what if you awoke with amnesia and no idea who you were, only to then discover you had all the skills of a CIA-assassin? Jason Bourne felt like a fresh-take on the action hero, and by 2002, when CGI was starting to be everywhere, this film felt gritty and grounded in reality, and certainly…

  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

    The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

    ★★★★½

    So after revisiting the musical and then the 2004 film, I decided to check out this 2011 production. It's a concert film, showing the 25th anniversary production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    I stand by my position that this play is too theatrical and operatic to properly work for a film version. So this concert film is probably the single best filmed version of the play you could possibly get. The entire cast…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    This is a REALLY good movie and shame on Hollywood for remaking it!

    Trance-like pace, haunting camerawork and set design, one of the few films where you really notice lighting. Initially I thought this would be a style-over-substance film, but to my surprise, I actually got invested in the story and cared about the characters. Jessica Harper is really good. Considering how little depth the script gives her as well as some bad dialog, she's able to become a charismatic…

  • Rambo III

    Rambo III

    Also known as: the one where Rambo goes to Afghanistan to help fight against the Soviets, and in the process unintentionally creates the future Taliban.

    The third and weakest entry in the series is where things went downhill. The first one attempted to be a serious movie, though I don't think it was fully successful. The second one was a great big load of ham, but enjoyable if you accepted it for what it was. Both films were basically about…