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  • Magical Girl

    ★★★

  • Cure

    ★★★

  • Apocalypse Now

    ★★½

  • One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★

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  • Magical Girl

    Magical Girl

    [Watched for the 27th Hall of Fame at MovieForums.com]

    If I had been watching this movie for my own purposes, I never would've finished it. That first hour or so was an absolute chore. It was so cold and so off-putting that I watched it in tiny fragments over the course of several days. I hated it. But somehow the film pulled off a miracle in the second half and I was drawn in and fully engaged by the way…

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★

    [Watched for the 27th Hall of Fame at MovieForums.com]

    There's definitely a lot to like about this mystery thriller - it's thick with atmosphere and tension, the story takes some unexpected turns, and it certainly doesn't all tie itself up neatly in the end. If I'd been in a more patient frame of mind - instead of being restless after like ten days of being cooped up thanks to Covid - I might actually have really liked it. But I…

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    This film was released in theaters in the spring of my senior year of high school. My friends and classmates absolutely raved about it. So I watched it. 

    With its slick costumes, Sci-Fi premise, slow-motion stunts, characters with names like "Neo," "Trinity," "Cypher," and "Morpheus," and a soundtrack that features the likes of Prodigy, Rage Against the Machine, Massive Attack, and Rob Zombie, The Matrix came off to me then as tryhard "hey, look how edgy I am!" bulls***. I…

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★★

    Leading up to awards season, I was vaguely aware of this film and of the accolades Antonio Banderas had been receiving for his performance in this semi-autobiographical Pedro Almodóvar flick. I didn't, however, know anything of Almodóvar's life and had previously seen only Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (which I was not especially fond of) and The Skin I Live In (which I loved).

    I didn't really know what to expect, but I given the subjects of those other…