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  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Much like a great night of drinking, this was a slow build for me. The emotional center of the movie takes a while to reveal itself, which turns out to make it much more rewarding. Don accepting Pink's decision is the epitome of this: without showing Don's antics throughout, his reaction would not mean nearly as much.

    This movie simply has so much heart. Linklater is a master of allowing these characters to open up to each other and to…

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★

    It's so fascinating how the Dollars movies increase in scope from movie to movie. I can't wait to watch Once Upon a Time in the West. This lost a little bit of the pure fun of For a Few Dollars More, but I have a feeling that it would be so much fun on a rewatch.

    The alcoholic Union Captain segment reminded me greatly of the French villa from Apocalypse Now. Lots of semi-philosophical exposition that ultimately didn't add much. That is the only part of this movie that I would've cut.

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★

    Just before the end, Ray stabs himself through the hand. He needs to experience another moment, even when all his previous ones had been, without exception, defined by pain.

    The limited special effects of its time actually makes this movie a much more intimate one than 2049, at least as I remember it. I’ll have to revisit it soon. This is a somewhat small movie, a surprising choice considering the questions it poses.

    Blade Runner is also an incredibly circular…

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    Watched the first hour, but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe Cameron’s choices just aren’t my taste. I felt similarly about T2 — everything from the characters to the sound style is over-the-top, and often the characters manifest that excess in stupidity or crassness.