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  • That Thing You Do!
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Toy Story 3
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot

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  • A Christmas Carol

    ★★½

  • A Christmas Carol

    ★★★½

  • Rich Little's Christmas Carol

  • Scrooge

    ★★★★

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  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★½

    You may as well call it "A Tale of Two Carols" because I'm not sure any Christmas Carol adaptation has given me more whiplash between the two poles of its craft.

    On the one hand, this is one of the best pieces of storytelling among any of the Christmas Carol adaptations I've seen for most of its run. It leans heavily on the Dickens text to great effect, using the reality-defying nature of animation to capture vivid details of the…

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★★½

    What I knew going into this one is that it's generally regarded as the most faithful to the Dickens text (which I am currently reading for the first time, so cannot comment upon yet) and that it's not as visually rich as some other adaptations. I also knew George C. Scott's turn as Scrooge had a pretty good reputation.

    For the opening half or so of the film, my reaction to this one was pretty muted. The opening is slow,…

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Review of Harmy's Despecialized Edition

    It's an obvious point, but worth repeating: With so many bad franchise sequels in film history, Empire Strikes Back is kind of a miracle. It gives a prototype for other sequels of great movies to follow -- one that too few would use.

    The follow-up can't top the original in mythic sweep or operatic scope. No need to do a watered-down retread. Instead, Empire expands the worldbuilding, tells a richer and more human story filled…

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Review of Harmy's Despecialized Edition

    Nearly 45 years later, Star Wars still puts most pulp/popcorn cinema since to shame. It's a film that operates almost elementally on a high level to transcend its flaws into something timeless.

    Having recently seen American Graffiti for the first time, I see more of a connection than I would have anticipated. Both depict a certain type of coming of age in almost mythic terms, each set of protagonists simply defined but fully fleshed. And,…