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  • The Shining
  • Rear Window
  • Rushmore
  • Heart and Souls

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★½

  • The Corruption of Chris Miller

    ★★★

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    ★★★★

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★½

    Seeing this back in 2003 might be the first time I recognized being bored with mainstream Hollywood blockbusters.  Turns out I’m still bored today and only watched tonight to reacquaint myself with Johnny Depp playing Jack Sparrow.  His performance is the sole inspired element in a movie bloated with monotonous CGI action scenes, paper-thin characters and dumb cartoony humor aimed at the lowest common denominator.  This might be the movie that set the template for all the hollow and formulaic Disney product that’s continuing to be shat out today.

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

    Clever writing and Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal are a surprisingly lovable duo.  Feels nice and fresh the way it combines meta satire, “character-driven adult drama” and an action comedy.  Really enjoyed it.

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★★

    I can forgive Universal for releasing this to disc for the umpteenth time because their 4K remaster is just beautiful in every respect.  Weird that it took them this long to finally do this movie justice.  It’s a darker transfer which gives the daytime scenes a more cinematic look than previously seen.  Now it looks noir-ish where before it had a flat TV quality.  The gorgeous film grain is finally intact as well which no doubt helps.  And once Janet…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★★

    There’s a reason everyone worth their salt loves this sequel to the ultimate experience in grueling terror.  It’s fucking awesome.  Sam Raimi was 27 (!) when he made this and I find nearly every one of his shots something of a marvel.  I’m continually impressed by his camera, his abuse of Bruce Campbell and all the gory splendor on display.  The splatstick is glorious.  The matte paintings and stop motion, just wow.  The sheer inventiveness and creativity is mind-boggling.  This…