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  • In a Lonely Place
  • Macbeth
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Do the Right Thing

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  • Raising Arizona

    ★★★½

  • Skyfall

    ★★★½

  • For a Few Dollars More

    ★★★★½

  • The Mark of Zorro

    ★★★

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  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona

    ★★★½

    The Coen brothers tend to work better for me when their goofy humor punctuates and contrasts a more dramatic narrative. The Fargo’s, Blood Simple’s, No Country’s, and Llewyn Davis’s. Untethered from nearly all suspense, emotional weight, or even the grounding physics of the universe, Raising Arizona positively flys like a Looney Tunes short. The Sam Raimi DNA that the Coens earned by cutting their teeth on The Evil Dead is even more present here than it was in Blood Simple,…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★½

    Not much of a change in my appreciation since last time, except that I like the things I liked about it already even more, and disliked the weaker elements proportionally, so it all sort of evens out. The first 45 or so minutes is pretty much perfect Bond entertainment, but once the action moves to Macau a pattern emerges in which Mendes can’t help himself from inserting ill-fitting goofy humor and mega obvious old vs new thematic dialogue into every…

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  • A Christmas Story Live!

    A Christmas Story Live!

    “Hey what if we turned A Christmas Story into an extended Old Navy commercial? Like really *really* extended.”

    K.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    31 Days of Horror #19

    This was extremely my shit, which is why it bugs me a little that the narrative structure of the thing was a bit of a let down amidst all the absolutely amazing cinematography, sound design, and bits of sea-faring dialogue (including a monumental Melvillian monologue precipitated by an insult to one’s cooking skills). The rub is that the movie is about two men going mad together, but they both start out at like an 8…