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  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    ★★★½

    Considered one of the greatest comedies of all time, Altman's M*A*S*H takes a laid-back, prank-fueled approach to war that in its first half was too mean-spirited and stupid for me to really enjoy; in the second half, however, the message of sticking it to the powers that be and their commitment to expending human lives for political gain (particularly in the Vietnam and Korean Wars), became clearer and the comedic set-pieces became more-and-more hilarious (that football game is an all-timer).…

  • Platoon

    Platoon

    ★★★★

    A descent into the hell of the Vietnam War captured only the way a true veteran of the conflict would have. It does use a few of the formulaic beats of a war movie a little too much for my tastes (after Dunkirk, there's no going back for me), not all of the ensemble cast works for me (although for the most part it's brilliant seeing all these future stars work together) and sometimes the plot can feel a little…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    There are some very obvious logical missteps; sometimes the film can be overly expository (which sound strange for a mostly-silent film, but I mean it for both dialogue and for visual language); the few jumpscares kinda sucked; and the ending left me somewhat dissatisfied. Despite those cons, I thoroughly enjoyed A Quiet Place. It is a tour-de-force of 90-minute, tense, gripping horror from John Krasinski. All the performances are fantastic (kudos to deaf-in-real-life actress Millicent Simmonds), the cinematography is gritty…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    FINALLY THEY'VE COME TO THEIR SENSES AND LEFT IT UP! THIS IS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

    Wow. After the original series 20 years ago Lynch decided to came back and make... A season? A film? No, something which transcends the boundaries of it all. The abstract concepts, the sheer filmmaking prowess, the completely committed performances, the entrancing visuals and plot, the surprising amount of humor, the gorgeous soundtrack and "live" Roadhouse performances, the random detours which simultaneously feel like they've gone…