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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Watched with my 2-year old son. Here are some of his observations:

    - Darth Vader is "sick" (ill)
    - Every planet was "Earth"
    - The Death Star was "Moon" (that's no moon, son)
    - Every spacecraft was a "rocket ship"
    - "The robot (C3PO) walks on 2 legs!"
    - Chewbacca is his favorite character
    - Jawas are scary

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    I received a Stanley Kubrick box set for Christmas in 2015. I live in the US but found a great deal on a box set from the UK. The Shining is one of my favorite movies of all time and I just watched the Blu-ray from this box set for the first time. When the movie was finished after barely 2 hours, I thought to myself "I remember this being longer." A quick internet search led me to discover that…

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  • The Last of the Mohicans

    The Last of the Mohicans

    ★★★½

    I'm so glad that Daniel Day Lewis played a white person raised by Native Americans, not an actual Native American. Bullet dodged. Unfortunately, Magua, as played by Wes Studi, came across as the "savage" stereotype. His hatred of the British is completely understandable, but talking in third-person broken English (though his French was great) and demanding the scalps and hearts of his enemies didn't sit well with me. However, the final 15 minutes of this movie are a masterpiece, with hardly a word spoken, and the action doing to storytelling.

  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★½

    In The Heights at times feels like Do The Right Thing: The Musical, in that it's about a diverse NYC neighborhood during a terrible heatwave. And although In The Heights does contain some political commentary, it never quite "goes there" like the Spike Lee classic. Some of the songs and large group dance sequences are great. There are inklings of the musical-style Lin Manuel Miranda would later perfect in Hamilton, but other songs sound pretty standard for a musical of…

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  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★★

    The clothing. The cars. The pastels. This movie is cocaine. Is Scarface over the top? Yes. But for Brian de Palma to bring Oliver Stone's violent and excessive script to life, over the top is all we could have asked for.