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  • Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon

    ★★★★

    One of those films I just can't believe I've never seen (and I watched Loaded Weapon 1 like a million times as a kid.)

    Incredibly fun, with a lot of wit and really nicely directed by Richard Donner. I miss the days of action movies that are kind of dumb but also impeccably executed (and with all real stunts.)

    In my film class in high school we were shown the scene of Mel putting a gun in his mouth and…

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    The Thief of Bagdad

    ★★★

    Some cool and surreal FX (especially for 1940) and a fun tone. The scene with the princess and the main character falling madly in love in 0.2 seconds was totally ridiculous though. I know it's a childlike fantasy adventure movie but I think I would have cared a bit more about him reuniting with her if there was some actual chemistry between them.

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    I'm still contemplating this one but I'm really struck by the general themes here more so than the characters or plot mechanics or anything (which felt fairly warmed over from other Pixar films...another cold parent who insists their child not follow their dreams for some reason?)

    But the ideas...the idea that even if you don't "fulfill your purpose" in life (something I and most creative types are just utterly obsessed with, in fact this basically is the dominating thought I…

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★

    A very watchable kind of bad movie that was basically the kind of thing I was in the mood for. A few issues kept this from being something I'd recommend. It's too long and it feels too long. Certain bits here and there feel too ridiculous (the children surviving the rapids part magically, etc.) The part about not naming her children for 5 years and her partner apparently not finding that very weird or objectionable is just outlandish to me…