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  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★

    Tedious. Lubitsch builds the final scenes for quiet, snowy enchantment and a City Lights payoff, but the banter is determined to explain every bit of electricity away.

    Frank Morgan is hilarious.

    Otherwise, James Stewart is surrounded by actors strenuously actoring while his subtlety is about 30 years ahead. Margaret Sullivan trying to play perpetually wide-eyed is as bad as Sharon Stone trying to play dumb and shallow in CASINO.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★★

    Spock's entrance is why I go to the movies. They stage births and deaths; marriages, separations and reunions. I would pay one million dollars to be in the audience with all the nerds on opening night, 1979, when Spock's shuttle docked and he stepped out in that black cape. Whoever is responsible for that moment knows what love is.

    Douglas Trumbull put so much love and soul into the effects. This is the unpretentious son of 2001.

    Jerry Goldsmith!

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese and Zallian telling the 20th Century average Joe, "You been had. You gave your life over to bullshit. And you'll never even see the faces of the people who owned you all along, only their stooges who passed themselves off as your friends and advocates."

    The only real things in such a life are a few moments of sincere connection with your brother(s) in the struggle. And death.

    Hoffa is the antihero in this film. He may be a…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    Man, I'm loving how this app permits me to be the armchair mogul/film asshole I truly am:


    BR2049 was doomed to be merely impressive the moment Roger Deakins chose not to shoot it with anamorphic lenses.


    It was the one simple choice he could have made to tie this film to its predecessor and lend it similar subliminal gravitas and mystery. But naw, he hates anamorphic lenses--even though every frame of this Scope ratio film is composed and lit in…