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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

  • CHiPS

  • The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin

    ★★★★

  • Cry Macho

    ★★

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    A spellbinding exploration of Alejandro Jodorowsky's unmade film adaptation of Frank Herbert's landmark sci-fi novel 'Dune' featuring interviews with key creative personnel and occasional musings on Jodorowsky's borderline insane commitment to his artistic process.

    For how devastating a blow that Hollywood passed on supporting the project, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as we joyfully watch not only Jodorowsky's continued artistic ambitions but how his creative tome further influenced genre movies down the line.

    A fantastic…

  • CHiPS

    CHiPS

    Not the worst thing I've seen, but there is a staggering lack of stock disco music underscoring the action scenes.

    I can't forgive this discrepancy.

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★½

    This movie, on the second watch, made me fully understand how creating art and criticizing art are two very different thought processes. Your mind enters a proverbial tunnel on either endeavor and you focus so much attention on a particular process or skillset that you can't see the forest for the trees on certain elements of your work, be it a screenplay or movie review.

    Taking it all in on this rewatch, the idea was to create a modern B-movie…

  • El Mariachi

    El Mariachi

    ★★★½

    A little rough around the edges, but nevertheless Robert Rodriguez's solid feature debut. Only thing I have to add is a glowing recommendation for Rodriguez's autobio about the making of the film, 'Rebel Without a Crew'. It even comes with the shooting script for comparison to the finished film, which is fairly close to how it was initially written. Anybody wanting a crash course in low-budget filmmaking will find this book invaluable.