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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    ★★★★½

    I watched the Director's Cut.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★★

    I watched this again but I did an audio commentary with some friends for a potential podcast.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★★

    I watched the Director's Edition. I last watched this in 2000 when the special edition DVD was released. I think I was far too young to appreciate how much of a masterclass this motion picture truly is ... how it captures the grandeur and wonder of space while also providing philosophical, theological, and metaphysical challenges to its audience. I literally stood up and clapped after this viewing.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★★

    Basically, when the Rohirrim show up in Gondor, you will find me crying for the rest of this motion picture.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    The real MVP of this cinematic masterclass is editor Michael Horton, who somehow did not win the Oscar for editing this.

  • My Spy

    My Spy

    ★★★★

    So sugary sweet at times that you'll get diabetes! Dave Bautista continues his well-mined run of straight-man comedy playing off the adorable Chloe Coleman who brings that mixture of sweetness and hard edge we used to get with pip-squeak heroes and heroines in the PG-13 adventures of yesteryear (mainly the late '80s and early '90s).

    My Spy comes packed with a lot of well-earned laughs and despite being aimed, perhaps, at younger viewers, doesn't lower itself to potty humor or…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    A staggering achievement of filmmaking. I watched it for Father's Day with my daughter!!!!!

  • The King of Staten Island

    The King of Staten Island

    ★★★

    Full review coming soon but, in brief:

    The film's dramatic aspirations fall a bit flat as it isn't fully dedicated to being a drama which it could easily be as the actors are all game for the material and strong enough for it too, even the young Davidson who exudes the necessary vulnerability. There is a multitude of laughs in bits and pieces but not enough to make it an out-and-out comedy either so what you get is something lost in-between genres.

  • Heathers

    Heathers

    ★★★★

    I watched this on The Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs.

    This is one of those classics that I somehow had not seen and I'm glad I got to see it for the first time with good friends like Joe Bob and Darcy. Winona Ryder is fantastic as is Christian "Jack Nicholson" Slater in a film that, in this day and age, might hit a little too close to home for some. But it is pitch black satire that the world needs in my humble.

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Though not an original concept in the science-fiction world, the "live, die, repeat" formula is a can't-lose one in that genre and director Doug Liman does not fail to deliver a fun, though hardly bold, adventure. You are getting sci-fi action comfort food here and what more can you ask for from a Tom Cruise big-budget yarn?

    The standout of the whole thing is, of course, Emily Blunt as the Full Metal Bitch, upstaging her main co-star in every scene…

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★

    All the pieces are here to make this a masterpiece of hyper-cool spy fun: a stylish director with an impressive visual eye in Guy Ritchie, a fully game cast led by the dashing and too-cool-for-school Henry Cavill and the sexy Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, superb cinematography by John Mathieson, picture-perfect production design by Oliver Scholl and set decoration by Elli Griff, Oscar-worthy costume design by Joanna Johnston and an uncredited Timothy Everest, and a unique editing style by James Herbert…

  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★★

    I watched this as part of The Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs with special guest Kelli Maroney.

    This is a fantastically well made low budget horror film: fun shot selection, no cheapo errors, inventive kills, with an industrious nature to it that makes it worthwhile. Though Leslie Rosenthal is credited with editing the film, Roger Corman deserves the real credit for delivering a break-neck pace after he took 15 minutes out of the initial cut.

    The real winner…