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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Sugar
  • Room
  • Take Shelter

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  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    ★★★★½

  • The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★

  • It's Murder!

    ★★

  • The Gift

    ★★★½

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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★★

    2019 Ranked
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    Watched with commentary by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. While not as great as their HALF NELSON commentary, this one was still very good and gave some fair insight into making the film, especially in regards to how much thought they put into the visualization, their aesthetic choices and how they fit the story, and it’s so refreshing to see directors on an MCU joint who clearly care about this kind of stuff when so many directors…

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oz the Great and Powerful

    ★★★★½

    2013 was quite an interesting year for Disney, in that they gave $200M+ to two weirdos — Sam Raimi and Gore Verbinski — to go wild with IP-based tentpoles that are inspired by more classical media. However, whereas THE LONE RANGER was Verbinski making a refreshingly old-fashioned western with Buster Keaton influences, Oz the Great and Powerful is essentially Raimi doing Army of Darkness again, but in the form of a $200 million budgeted, CGI-heavy Disney tentpole targeted at children…

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  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★

    First viewing since sometime in my childhood, during which I had seen this on several occasions. Obviously one of the most wholesome films ever made, though watching this now with the knowledge of the absolute hell that Judy Garland was sadly forced to endure both on set and when working with that studio in general made this viewing quite bittersweet.

  • It's Murder!

    It's Murder!

    ★★

    Essentially a prototype/student film version of CRIMEWAVE. This one is at least Sam Raimi’s fully intended vision instead of a compromised one, but it is still very much a student film. That said, it’s a very interesting artifact as it shows glimpses of the wonderfully unique artist Raimi would eventually become and still remains today.

    Tidbit: For those who are curious, I watched this on Dailymotion in two parts. Unsurprisingly in poor video quality, but at least it can be…

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  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★½

    Remember when musicals used to be made by directors who knew how to shoot and stage them?

    Looks and feels far too artificial for it to work, as it is so easy to tell what was shot on location and what was shot on soundstage. It doesn’t help that the narrative and characters are already incredibly shallow in execution and the emotional beats are manufactured and unearned, but it doesn’t work as a musical either, given both the inept staging…

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    Sam Levinson directly to jail.

    It’s painfully obvious from the getgo that Levinson got ridiculously offended by one negative review for Assassination Nation (a film that, despite its many flaws, I found to be a relatively enjoyable work of genre schlock), so much that he made a student film with dialogue that feels like it were written by an Aaron Sorkin-wannabe and made John David Washingnton’s character a stand-in for himself, and that alone creates the problem of thinking he is…