POF Archive: December 2017

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The Last Jedi (8/10)

I went into this having avoided the trailers or anything that could potentially spoil this for me. Despite its flaws I really liked The Force Awakens and was excited to see the story continue. For the most part I enjoyed The Last Jedi, but the plot was extremely clunky. There's a whole section where Fin and annoying girl go to space Monte Carlo and rescue space horses. The entire fin plotline could be removed from the movie without consequence. The Ren/Ray stuff was good, and Mark Hamill didn't embarrass himself. Overall good, but the tone was drifting a tad into prequel territory at times…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 21:25

To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter by Vladimir Bukovsky (7/10)

A memoir of what living in The Soviet Union was like in the 60s and 70s. Bukovsky spent most of that time in prison camps and mental institutions. His big contribution was exposing the use of psychiatric evaluations to label dissenters as mentally unfit for trial. Despite being the harrowing nature of his predicaments, he makes it seem like routine daily life in the U.S.S.R.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 22:25

Seven Chances (8/10)

I've never actually seen a Buster Keaton movie until this. Holds up very well and has some great scenes of Buster trying to outrun boulders and a mob of angry brides.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:23

Room (8/10)

This starts as an engaging thriller and then tricks you by turning into a teary drama. A lot of the movie relies on an underwear-clad child actor and Brie Larson's zits. Both do outstanding work.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:21