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  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

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    A gorgeous, hilarious newspaper romance. Rosalind Russell absolutely sells this film, but the script and overall deliveries are no less incredible. The cinematography and camera movements are crisp and cunning, pretending to be a static stage play, then pulling off fancy cinematic flourishes.

    However, it is this very juxtaposition that I have issue with. It's very apparent that the film is based on a stage production... and I don't think it's necessarily in the film's favor. The framing often invokes…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

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    This is maybe the most fun I've had at the movies in years. I got absurdly close to tears during the opening titles, and proceeded to insanely laugh like a little kid through the whole movie. It was a blast.

    I really love how they reference, homage, and even recreate minor elements from the original movies. Things like the extra stitching on Woody's right shoulder, the way Woody climbs through mail flaps or flails his limbs when he's frustrated, when…

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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    The effects are godly, and deserve 5 stars on their own. The absolutely unbelievable combination of practical effects and early CGI left me stunned even 28 years later. Schwarzenegger is surprisingly funny, and is fantastic in his new role here. I liked the juxtaposition of the Terminator becoming more human as Sarah Connor becomes more like the Terminator. She has some really interesting development exploring her PTSD after the first film. I also liked the tense industrial score and the…

  • Brazil

    Brazil

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    Film Lads Film Club #1
    Film choice: Mine

    Great movie, but it's a bit… sour.

    I love the music, and of course the iconic and influential production design. After all, Brazil's biggest contribution to the world are those giant, gorgeous, claustrophobically industrial sets, along with everything else Gilliam did to create the universe. I also enjoyed the Casablanca references. It's weird to review this right after Harry Met Sally, thinking about how Casablanca informed two films that are so wildly…