Johnny Booker

Johnny Booker

My name is Johnny and I am a movie nut

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    note: this is more of an analysis than a review although I do offer my personal thoughts at the end. Thanks.

    Her is a 2013 sci-fi romance written and directed by Spike Jonze who also directed 1999s Being John Malkovich and 2009s Where The Wild Things Are. Her is set in the not-so-distant future in Los Angeles--a bright, super-clean techno-state in which human relationships with super-intelligent handheld devices are displacing human to human relationships of all kinds.
    A year after…

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is more of an essay than a review; however, I do offer my personal thoughts at the end. If you prefer this essay on video, you can see it here, also. Thanks! (Youtube youtu.be/JN9TxsV_roI )

    ExistenZ is a 1999 action adventure science fiction thriller by director David Cronenberg whose films include The Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers, Crash (the ’96 version), Videodrome, The Fly (1986), A History of Violence, and Eastern Promises.
    In eXistenZ, a game designer…

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Samurai epic co-written by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history and follows 7 masterless samurai--or ronin as they are called--who are hired for the price of 3 meals a day by farmers to defend their harvest from bandits. The film stars Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Katō, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, and Isao Kimura. At 207…

  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Cries and Whispers is a 1972 film by director Ingmar Bergman about how we are all existentially alone in our feelings, the need we all have for an emotional outlet, and the need we all have for human comfort. The film takes place in a mansion in the late 19th century and focuses on 3 sisters, 1 of whom is dying of cancer. The film stars Liv Ullmann, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Erland Josephson, and Kari Sylwan.

    In the film,…