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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★½

    A masterpiece! 

    Watching it again, I was so impressed with the way Jackson and his team blend CGI and green screen effects with models, puppets and miniatures (as well as using human actors in excellent make-up/costumes filmed on-location). If I can sound like an old man for a second, so  much of blockbuster cinema these days (from Marvel to Star Wars) seems to be made entirely of CGI, which — no matter how impressive the technology or how well it’s…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece! A thrilling, swirling, romantic, visually arresting piece of filmmaking.

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  • Let Them All Talk

    Let Them All Talk

    ★★★★

    Loved this. Beautifully shot, hilariously written, it somehow manages to touch on friendship, class, sex, age, gender, romance, being an artist, being a *commercial* artist, and death — and yet the film feels shimmery, light, like a vacation. All three women are incredible, but Candice Bergen was the real stand-out performance for me — she has a wild glint in her eye throughout the movie that kept me wondering what she would do next. At various points this felt like…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    I can feel it.