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  • Don't Look Now

    Don't Look Now

    ★★★

    The ending is very creepy, but I feel like it’s only just worth the journey. The film is equal parts menacing and meandering. 

    The editing is of course exquisite. There are so many great instances of it, but I think my favorite is the plank of wood that falls on the scaffold. So much time happens between the insert of it falling and it hitting the scaffold that you wonder if it actually happened. “Was it a vision?” Then when it does hit, the impact is that much more explosive.

  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

    ★★★★

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

    “It’ll break your heart.” Craig, the host of Secret Movie Club said as the lights went down on “Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.”

    And boy, it sure does.

    Yes, the pace can be leaden. (The two lengthy reveals of the Super X were two too many.) But I love the clever callbacks to the first film. There’s now an added layer of tragedy to Dr. Serizawa’s sacrifice. He gave his life to prevent the Oxygen Destoyer from doing greater harm. Well, it…

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  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    Let’s hear it for one of the all-time great cuts: “Where did the vehicles stop?” / **goat bah**

    Had the pleasure of seeing this at the Hollywood Bowl with an orchestra. I had seen an interview where Williams or Spielberg said they wanted church music, and while I had emotionally understood that, I hadn’t intellectualized it. It makes so much sense! To hear that main theme with the brachiosaur reveal is to feel as though you’re walking into a cathedral.…

  • Mothra vs. Godzilla

    Mothra vs. Godzilla

    ★★★★

    The wife and I watched this tonight in celebration of Godzilla’s 64th anniversary.

    This is the film that made me fall in love with the King of the Monsters, and it’s an excellent starting point for folks who are new to the character. It’s got one clawed foot in a more solemn arena (think: the original “Godzilla”) while also embracing the series’s more fanciful elements. Look no further than Mothra and her twin fairies.

    Speaking of Mothra, the title fight…