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  • The Cameraman

    The Cameraman

    ★★★★

    A real fun romp with some masterful physical comedy and Buster Keaton at his dignified clown best, with a monkey riding shotgun and providing some great visual gags. Criterion’s 4K restoration is truly majestic, and makes the movie worth seeing for its on-location shots alone. Kinda bittersweet to watch knowing how MGM fucked up Buster’s career; nice to know he got at least one big hit on a major studio’s dime before that happened. The empty Yankee Stadium scene is…

  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    ★★★½

    Way the fuck too long - almost brutally long - and suffers from the artificiality of just about every war movie until roughly the 1970s or so, but still plenty exciting in the last hour or so and the dudes rock energy of this flick is pretty strong. I do like the way interpersonal relationships are built among some of the characters, giving the supporting actors little moments to shine; Donald Pleasance in particular has a sweet and heartbreaking character…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    A dazzling and brilliant display of mastery of acting, tone, editing, cinematography, and dialogue (with an ending a tad long, but Guernica ain’t perfect either), a movie that tells its tale with panache and intelligence and makes you laugh and gasp in horror in the same scene. So with that out of the way - I’m a Korean American who has been conflicted about his heritage his whole life and a fan of movies who has cared about the Academy…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    Rewatched this because a friend suggested we watch and mock it together, and even though I had a wonderful time cracking jokes, it could not fully disguise the experience of me being constantly reminded of why this movie is so fucking bad. The weak ass Palpatine return, with “the dead speak!” setting me up for some real bullshit; every time this movie barfed out a line from one of the better and more beloved movies; the almost gleeful way JJ…