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  • Ocean's Twelve

    Ocean's Twelve

    ★★★

    Lots of Altman shots: camera facing action from one angle, often stationary, perpetually zooming in and out of areas of interest, creating new frames within shots. The bigger actors are a bit too stuffy/self-aware to make that work 100% of the time. Frankly I’ve had trouble buying a Clooney performance after 1997, when he still worked for a living, and regretfully report that I have a hard time buying Zeta-Jones in this role at all. The score is competent and…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★

    "Shaddup! It's alright to say shit. It ain't against God."

    You'd never tell Fincher came from music videos! It's a grim-as-fuck film but I do appreciate the Alien Universe's unrelenting cosmic pessimism - almost every single part of this film is drenched in despair, amazing a major studio backed it. And it is nice to see the franchise return to straight horror and terror instead of continuing down the easy action path. But honestly, really have to compliment Weaver on…

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★½

    At some point the adults in the room will realize they can't keep peddling Hammond's insane dream as something virtuous (Crichton didn't romanticize the character like Spielberg did, who projected his own desire to spoil children - which, come to think of it, sure explains why he cast Santa Claus in the role). Real pity they could only tiptoe up to the notion of animal rights, but I have a sneaking suspicion these writers are trained to space out their material (inevitable future franchise installments have to be about something, after all); zoological-industrial complex to be discussed in Jurassic Universe.

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    ★★★★½

    "Fuck Amok." Seen for the first time in the cinema - and I recommend everybody see it this way, as the inevitable walkouts seem central to the viewing experience.