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  • Jabberwocky

    Jabberwocky

    ★★★

    There's a lot of imagination here, but it just seemed to not know if it was a comedy, fantasy, romance, political satire, or a critical view on capitalism. There are many did-you-catch-that moments; I expected at least a few of them to pay off later but I don't remember any that did. I might have liked this more had I seen it in my "absurd humor" teenage years.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    I'm a bit of a traditionalist, so when Marvel announced Ultimate Spider-Man, I cringed a little -- but understood that newer fans didn't have the 60+ years of continuity (such as it is) memorized. This Spider-Man jumps right into the MCU without the origin story and falls back on standard coming-of-age tropes. Keaton was close to being great, and I liked Holland's take on Spidey, but the rest of the characters fell flat. A fun action film, but the originals are better.

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  • My Man Godfrey

    My Man Godfrey

    ★★★

    This screwball comedy had a pretty dull opening and a very confusing ending, but the middle third was incredibly funny. I only found out later that, at the time of filming, Powell and Lonbard were divorced, which might have been why they were able to pull off that awkwardness of a couple that's not a couple. Some good moments, but I don't rate it as highly as The Lady Eve or Sullivan's Travels.

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★

    This isn't a movie I likely would have watched had it not been on so many "greatest" lists. The technical aspects are jaw-dropping, including the ballet that merges into a dream (or is that the whole movie?), and the dance with the paper man. The love story was a little creaky, but there's just enough to push the characters along. If it were just a little shorter, I'd probably put this on my watch-every-year list.