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  • The Big Fat Stone

    The Big Fat Stone

    ½

    I know Frank D'Angelo as a guy from a commercial for his own brand of frozen mini onions... In the commercial, he would show a great recipe to use his bag of frozen baby onions in.... and he starts by getting the pan nice and hot and adding SALT, first thing. Every great cook knows you want to salt that hot, empty pan first - season the hell out of that stainless steel.... alright, now that your sodium is red…

  • Joy Ride

    Joy Ride

    ★★★★★

    A tight, well-made thriller with an excellent cast and script that carries you along on a tense ride full of nail-biting situations. The two brother characters are the strong beating heart of the movie - they have a volatile but honest bond that truly feels deeper than just the movie, they actually seem like blood relatives on screen.

    The best thing about the movie is the confident direction - there are excellent lighting choices and some very Hitchcockian moments that…

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  • Dances with Wolves

    Dances with Wolves

    ★★★★★

    Wow, this does NOT feel like a 3 hour movie. It seriously feels like 2 hours, max.

    The pacing is "slow", but it needs to be, as it pulls us into the landscape, the situations, and the characters before raising the tension. This is a movie that is an experience - it stays with you days later and it makes you think what could have been if we had done things differently when we settled North America. When we finally…

  • Scary Movie 3

    Scary Movie 3

    ★★★★

    Yep, I like it. I'm one of the rare people who liked the David Zucker spin on the Scary Movie franchise. It has lots of jokes, some land and some don't - but there are lots of moments that I find are really funny. Many of them are small moments of randomness - such as a police woman's hat expanding progressively from shot to shot... or a woman in her child's bedroom getting startled at the end of her scene…