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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

    First time watch. Always avoided this film because of how mainstream it is. When everyone says a particular film is a gold standard for whatever reason I tend to not be interested in seeing it. I finally decided to give it a try and it was phenomenal. I’ve read several books on both D-Day and WWII as a whole but I’m still a civilian. I know that this is called the most realistic portrayal of warfare even seen on film, but I…

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    The Most Dangerous Game

    ★★★

    Listened to an audiobook version of the original story today and absolutely loved it. This film adaptation is decent enough, but falls a bit flat when it deviates from the original source material (like most adaptations do I suppose). Seeing Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong was great, but part of the appeal of the story was the simple Mano a Mano showdown between hunter and prey, both at the dinner table and in the jungle. Adding other characters just feels…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★★

    I don't have the time or the energy right now to write my complete thoughts on how much I enjoyed this movie. I'll save that for my review of my second viewing. Suffice it to say that I was totally blown away. The Star Wars mythology was expanded in incredible ways, and Rogue One showed just how versatile the Star Wars franchise is. I saw things in this movie I thought I would NEVER see. This superfan is totally satisfied.


    By the way: I got to see the premiere of a Star Wars movie on my birthday. I couldn't have received a better present than this!

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    A favorite from my childhood, Who Framed Roger Rabbit could not be made in today’s tooth and nail, dog eat dog, Hollywood system. It’s a breakthrough film for many reasons: not only unprecedented studio cooperation, but for the sheer technical achievement of integrating cartoon and live action. It had been done decades before, but never anything close to this extent. It holds up brilliantly today. 

    The movie isn’t a classic simply because of how it was made, it’s story is…