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  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

    ★★½

    So I watched the first movie home sick from work yesterday on TV and found it kind of charming but mostly overly dramatic and mildly irritating. However I guess there's something to be said for the fact that I immediately felt I needed to be a completionist and put my eyeballs on the sequel the very next day. It's pretty much the exact same movie experience as the first film: kind of sweet and harmless but also eyeroll inducing and…

  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    ★★★½

    My two main takeaways:
    1) A lot of this has really not aged well (misogyny, racism, homophobia, etc).
    2) Altman should have directed a sports movie, he had a knack for it!

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  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    One of the greatest cinematic experiences of my life which is saying something since I sat behind a fidgety giant for the whole 3 hours. Yes, it is a 3 hour movie, but I found it gripping and entertaining throughout. It's a stunningly beautiful film -- Nearly every shot looks like an oil painting. Kubrick creates extraordinarily flawed and human characters, mixing high drama with light comedy seamlessly. The musical score was haunting and perfect. It's probably due to repetition,…

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★

    Kubrick was a great director (duh), and this film has a unique tone and visual style like no other war movie. Unfortunately, the genius opening 45 minute training sequence is hard for the subsequent Vietnam portion to live up to, so the result is rather uneven. But the great stuff is so great that I forgive some of the more irksome choices in the last hour. Overall it’s excellent and, like the very best war movies, portrays a wide range…