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  • Fleming

    ★★★

  • Country Music

    ★★½

  • Country Music: Live at the Ryman, A Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns

    ★★★★

  • The Secret Life of Ian Fleming

    ★★

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  • Fleming

    Fleming

    ★★★

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

    Not once did Ian Fleming wear a bow tie and that alone invalidates the whole thing.

    Oh, sure, there are more egregious things either omitted or outright fabricated--like the entirety of Episode 4, from putting Fleming in the field all the way to coming up with the name James Bond from mixing and matching names of former classmates (an oddity all the odder since the last shot is the spine of the real James Bond's Birds of the West Indies

  • Country Music

    Country Music

    ★★½

    I was excited about this doc as soon as I learned Ken Burns was turning his attention to country music, which has long been my default genre of music. It's common for country listeners to absorb a certain amount of country history by osmosis, because the genre has so consistently curated and made a pageantry out of its own history on an institutionalized level. All it takes is one friend playing you a George Strait CD and before you know…

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  • Sicko

    Sicko

    ★★★★½

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting

    The Sting

    ★★★★★

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…