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  • Ordinary People

    Ordinary People

    ★★★★★

    This made me think hard about my own tendencies to sublimate emotions and avoid uncomfortable discussions in favor of just keeping the peace. I saw elements of myself in all three main characters, and I will probably be thinking about that for some time.

    The movie's themes are rather simple, but they're drawn out delicately and although this is not a plot heavy film, you are drawn in by the performances and their considerable energy infuses each scene with a…

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  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★★

    [Wondrous words of wit and wisdom with which to waste one's time]

    STAN'S SOAPBOX, VOL. 5

    Hey heroes! El Generalissimo here, winging my way back from the left coast where I've been consulting with the cognoscenti and grooving with the glitterati!  It's a tough job, but hey, somebody's gotta do it!

    Who's stalwart and true and smart as a fox? Who'll teach der Führer a lesson from the School of Hard Knocks?  Place your bets, folks, but my sawbuck's on STEVE…

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★

    The Black Mamba is used sparingly (until it's not) with much of the runtime devoted to the appropriately tense hostage drama, but that didn't bother me. I could watch Oliver Reed (fire) and Klaus Kinski (ice) seethe with contempt at each other all day.

    The free-for-all finale is not quite as whackadoo as Hard Ticket to Hawaii's cancer-snake climax, but it's close!

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  • VHYes

    VHYes

    ★★★½

    Sometimes I think about digging out the mound of VHS tapes I still have and just uploading them lock, stock and barrel to YouTube. I like to think I was more discerning in what I chose to record than the kid in this movie - I have first-run Twin Peaks and Late Night with David Letterman episodes, commercials intact - but no less random, with Chicago Bears highlights, SNL sketches, music videos, miscellaneous T&A, news clips, and dumb footage of…

  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    ★★★½

    It's like finally meeting the older brother of a friend you grew up with that you thought was gonna be super cool (and is in some respects) but turns out to be kind of a dick.

    I give it an extra half-star because (1) a co-worker I used to travel with once introduced us as the "pros from Dover," and (2) in the '70s my dad had one of those floppy camo hats like Hawkeye's that he'd let me wear sometimes.