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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hollywood; the name alone immediately conjures up images of the cinematic glamour that the world's largest film industry has created for over a century now, and no other time is more synonymous with that glamour than the Classical era, when the blockbusters were larger than life itself (and in Technicolor!), the world's biggest stars were being sold to the public with an assembly line-efficiency, and the towering, monolithic studio system reigned supreme, and without question.

    However, beneath this paper- thin…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The grainy crackle of two vintage, late 60's studio logos set the retro-stage, before the soothing sounds of Three Dog Night's "Easy To Be Hard" begins to play against the spectacular sight of the San Francisco skyline on the 4th Of July, 1969, as the fireworks illuminate the looming silhouette of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a young surburban couple head out on an impromptu date to their local lover's lane, creating a seemingly perfect portrait of vintage, picket-fenced Americana.…

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  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One of the toughest tasks ever for a young director must be coming to a series that, was not only started by another filmmaker, but began with what is one of the most iconic genre movies ever, and having to make a sequel that not only expands on its story & mythology without turning into ridiculous fanfiction (*cough Alien: Resurrection cough*), but also taking the young series in an entirely new direction, to the point where it goes into a completely…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Despite some significant positive aspects working in Ad Astra's favor (which I'll get into soon), I can't say that I felt it lived to 100% of its full potential, due to a number of medium-sized flaws such as an unnecessary amount of tonal whiplash between the film's stately, "majesty of space" astral vistas, and the more visceral, blockbuster-style thrills it tries to cram in (such as a jarring detour the film takes into eco-horror halfway through), or the character development…