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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Children of Men
  • Jurassic Park

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

  • Lilo & Stitch

    ★★★

  • Romeo + Juliet

    ★★★★

  • Hamlet

    ★★½

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Watched with my 2-year old son. Here are some of his observations:

    - Darth Vader is "sick" (ill)
    - Every planet was "Earth"
    - The Death Star was "Moon" (that's no moon, son)
    - Every spacecraft was a "rocket ship"
    - "The robot (C3PO) walks on 2 legs!"
    - Chewbacca is his favorite character
    - Jawas are scary

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    I received a Stanley Kubrick box set for Christmas in 2015. I live in the US but found a great deal on a box set from the UK. The Shining is one of my favorite movies of all time and I just watched the Blu-ray from this box set for the first time. When the movie was finished after barely 2 hours, I thought to myself "I remember this being longer." A quick internet search led me to discover that…

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

    There is nothing inherently "wrong" with the The Tragedy of Macbeth. The performances are strong and Joel Cohen's direction against stark and minimalist sets brings an other-worldliness to the classic story. However, I find the true-to-Shakespeare at times tedious. Shakespeare was a writer whose philosophy was "why say it in 5 words when you can say it in 20." I find his dense prose easier to read than hear, and The Tragedy of Macbeth lacked that something extra to transcend that denseness into something I could fully enjoy.

  • Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo & Stitch

    ★★★

    One thing I really appreciate about Lilo & Stitch is that Lilo is a challenging kid. She means well, but has trouble controlling her emotions and really tests the love of her sister. It's rare to see such a complicated character in a kid's movie. Unfortunately, the movie fails to stick the landing with the alien spaceship-chase ending.

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  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★★

    The clothing. The cars. The pastels. This movie is cocaine. Is Scarface over the top? Yes. But for Brian de Palma to bring Oliver Stone's violent and excessive script to life, over the top is all we could have asked for.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    I'm not sure what the hell I just watched, but whatever it is, it's amazing.