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  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    ★★★★½

    Oh man, everything the vague Internet consensus has said about this film is true. It's zany, totally unhinged, and tons of fun.

    One thing more, though: it hits my sweet spot as a film that works as a sharp critique of modernity. Along with a handful of other late 80's films (RoboCop, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) it stands as an act of resistance to the creeping consumerism of the New Society. Good times.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    What a festering pile of garbage this film is. I can tolerate the other two entries in this series, but "Dawn Treader" completely betrays the spirit of the original, replacing it with a milquetoast, video-game-esque plot that might entertain toddlers, but is good for nothing.

    Despite the reputation of the Narnia series as some sort of preachy propaganda for Christianity (which is a complete mischaracterization), the books actually value the free play of the imagination; especially, I'd argue, "Dawn Treader",…

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    You don't need me to tell you that Apocalypse Now is a film classic, on the shortlist of greatest war films ever (it's probably my number 1). No need for a straightforward review, but I wanted to share a few thoughts.

    First, I love the simultaneous sense of chaos and control that runs through the film. Coppola is a master of classical control, so they say, but here he uses that control to create utter mayhem, an almost Altman-esque mosaic…

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    Travis, a hardworking young cabbie with a penchant for floral arrangement, meets colorful characters, volunteers for a presidential campaign, and even reunites a young girl with her family as he drives his yellow car around town.