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  • Die Hard 2

    Die Hard 2 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Dec, 2015

    A big step down from the original - joking in the dialogue about the laziness of the setup does not make it any less lazy - but also a lot more entertaining than its reputation suggests. You can sense that the script was tailored around the action setpieces with this one, whereas the big moments in the original felt like a natural part of the story, but it works far better than the post-With a Vengeance sequels because John McClane…

  • The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

    The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Dec, 2015

    While the first one is probably the more important movie, I had more fun with Part II. I was never a punk, and I watched the first one with detached anthropological interest. I was never a metalhead either, but I'm much more at ease with metalheads, and even when the musicians interviewed here provoke unintentional laughter, I find them oddly endearing. Also, Lemmy FTW.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 8

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…