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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Come and play with us, Danny... Forever... and ever... and ever.

    Watching The Shining on 35mm is like listening to early Bowie on vinyl.  

    It’s pure perfection!

    Last years 4K release looked phenomenal and I noticed things I’d never noticed before, but you just know that Kubrick geared everything towards his current technology.  

    He knew exactly what things would look like when projected on 35 and he took full advantage of that knowledge.

    The lighting, the mystery, and…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★½

    They say if you want to tell a story right you’ve got to start at the beginning…

    With that said, this is a huge improvement on Suicide Squad. Even Margot’s portrayal of Harley seems more natural and less forced and there’s some great moments here including Mary Elizabeth Winstead who nearly steals the movie with what feels like less than 20 lines.

    What frustrates me is that things just get cooking and then BLAM! Everything’s brought to a grinding halt…

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  • Hollow Man

    Hollow Man

    ★★½

    Moving this fast is bad science no matter who the guinea pig is.

    I was a huge fan of Verhoeven’s early work, but bad reviews kept me away from this one…

    …and now 20 tears later I know why.

    The effects are a fun use of early CGI, but outside of that, this film tests every last tenet of logic.

    It’s weird I feel the same, but I’m not here


    Cinematic Time Capsule - 2000 Ranked

  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

    ★★★★★

    What came first? The music or the misery?

    If you had to choose a film to represent the formative years of your life, which one would it be?

    Here’s mine.

    It's like looking at a projection of my younger self and it makes me yearn for yesteryear, while at the same time makes me so thankful i’ve moved beyond those painful, painful moments.


    My All-Time Top 5 Favorite High Fidelity Notes:

    #5 The kids stealing “Sigue Sigue Sputnik”. Not only…

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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    It says here that a bolt of lightning is going to strike the clock tower at precisely 10:04 p.m. next Saturday night! 

    THIS movie is the very definition of lightning in a bottle.

    1.21 gigawatts! 
    Great Scott!

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★★

    Are you not entertained?
    Is this not why you are here?

    As much as I love Ridley Scott I've always felt this film was a bit overrated. I think my biggest issue with it is that it seems to take itself a little too seriously and the whole thing feels a bit cold and distant.

    I haven’t seen it in 20 years and I was surprised to see that it holds up extremely well. Watching it today I would have…