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  • A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars

    ★★★½

    59/100

    This is my toughest one to rate so far in E's January Assignment. On the one hand, I feel like if I had seen this *before* Yojimbo, I would have potentially had a different reaction; and on the other, I feel like if I'd seen this *when it came out* I'd have had a different reaction. Alas!

    Pluses:

    + Clint Eastwood is badass & cool as hell. I'm not personally attracted to him for some reason, but I see the…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★

    46/100

    I really, really, really wanted to like this more. I loved Only Angels Have Wings & The Big Sleep & the sound of Hawks' dialogue is always a fun trip. I think perhaps what got in the way of this was its intense similarity to What's Up Doc?, which, of *course* I realize that What's Up Doc?, to put it bluntly, stole many elements of this & incorporated them years & years later, but ... I much prefer it to Bringing Up Baby…

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  • THX 1138

    THX 1138

    ★★

    Strange that I didn’t enjoy this as 1984 was my favorite book growing up, and parallels abound. THX’s particular brand of sci-fi is one I find a great challenge to get into, which is unfortunately most heady sci-fi. Something about the sterile environment contrasted against moments of extreme rebellion is a turn off (although, worked slightly better in Solaris imo). I don’t know. Lucas does not have a gift for dialogue. His story is decent and the vision is clear,…

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★½

    88/100

    “You are who you choose to be.”

    Excellent, excellent. Stellar animation, casting, message, score. Nat cried, and I teared up at the end. Heartwarming in a way that felt warmly nostalgic. Looking forward to showing this one to little Noah someday. Definitely a keeper.