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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★½

    Rewatching this after many years, I realize it’s impossible for me to detach from the insane amount of hours I spent obsessing over it in middle school, and I’m not upset about it.

  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★½

    A Vietnam vet’s fantasy/nightmare. More in the realm of dreams than reality. It’s a fascinating historical artifact that says a lot about how vets felt betrayed after the war, and really shed light on that time period for me. The movie doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and the characters are totally hyperbolic, but once I was thinking of it as a fantasy, i started appreciating it more.

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  • The Forbidden Room

    The Forbidden Room

    ★★★½

    BREATHE! *bites pancake*

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★

    The aesthetic of this film is iconic for its time and continues to birth progeny to this day - but I've never been a fan of the style. I appreciate the impact, but find it soulless and I couldn't get past the cheesey cityscape backdrops, noodling guitar solos, indulgent lingering on melodrama, and 3 hour runtime. Despite that,  I really liked some of the directorial choices and street-based set design. Obviously I came for the leads, and they delivered.