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Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park (1993)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Some of the scientific inquiry into the possibility of ACTUALLY cloning dinosaurs is lost in the film, but such intellectualism couldn't possibly be translated on to the screen. Spielberg does an admirable job of simplifying the thoroughly engaging scientific backdrop and morphing it into a capable action-adventure/thriller. He knows that even a facile explanation for how cloning works is enough for the popcorn crowd to become engaged in the larger-than-life adventure of dinosaurs in the 20th century, quartenary period, that is.

On the Waterfront
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It doesn't get any better than this. Groundbreaking, politically exigent, impeccably written, acted... As I watched Brando stumbling into the warehouse through his swollen eyes in the film's closing moments, I almost had to cheer him on like I was a 10-year old kid watching his father hit with two strikes in the bottom of the ninth in a world series game. This is one of those movies that leaves you numb for a long time after the curtain has closed. Brilliant...

Short Cuts
Short Cuts (1993)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I recommended to my three roommates that we watch this together based upon the rave reviews many esteemed critics heaped on this movie, and after about 30 minutes into it, the question became which one of us would slash our wrists first before the 3 hours was up. This movie was the most depressing, pompous, overwrought, misanthropic piece of tripe I have ever spent 3 hours with. One of my roommates ejected the tape from the VCR after the movie ended and hurled it at the wall. I give it 20% for juggling the myriad of Raymond Carver-inspired stories, but this is the kind of movie that makes you wonder if film critics need to trade a few of their review sessions in dark theaters for a few hours at Chuck E. Cheese. I understand the premise and design of Altman, but the end result is so unfulfillingly gloomy and morose that it overwhelms the enjoyment of experiencing the film. I couldn't have cared less for these characters. An ICBM could've landed in L.A. killing them all and ending the film and I would've been happy at being spared the extra time having to watch their sordid affairs a minute longer. My advice - skip this movie and spend 3 hours at Barnes and Noble with a latte and a Raymond Carver short story collection. Tell me you felt more enlightened by watching this movie instead and I'll be forced to immediately flog you severely.