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Noticed Dune 2. It was as she expected: not bad, but not fantastic either. Denise is an overrated director (mainly due to the lack of good directing talent in her generation) and critics are hyperventilating about Dune 2.

I'll take the first movie about this any day, although there's a lot more going on in this one. Denise is a temperamental, slow-moving director with a penchant for the visual rather than the narrative. She really doesn't understand the comparisons to Nolan. Nolan is his superior in every department of filmmaking, except perhaps cinematography, where they can be equals. Oppenheimer was a far superior film. And Hans Zimmer is truly a phenomenon!
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Also seen again Dune 1 in IMAX format (I had missed seeing it on the big screen when it was released during Covid). It wasn't as impressive as it was the first time. We hope Dune 2 turns out much better!

My evaluations upon revisiting them:

Dune – 6.5/10

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I caught up with oppenheimer once again in theaters last week after its re-release (after 7 months).

I loved it as much as before. I have to say, this is Nolan playing for the gallery, not just his cult following. In the form of a biopic wrapped in physics and the Manhattan Project, it basically explores universal emotions like guilt and other basic human natures (aside from political betrayal and drama) in a widely acceptable way.

This may not be his best movie, but it's definitely in the top 3 or 5. The encore in the current awards season is well deserved. Quite a few wins are expected at the BAFTAs and the Oscars now: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (RDJ), Best Score, Best Cinematography and Best Editing, without a doubt.

Overall, it is very well made and a well made film.
Oppenheimer – 8.5/10

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