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  • Vanilla Sky

    Vanilla Sky

    ★★★★

    Was so prepared to like this a lot less then I did back in '01 but was pleasantly surprised to like it just as much now as I did then. Crowe directs the hell out of it and his touch is all over it - I feel like this movie is just as personal as all his other films. I mean, it's also very much about Cruise's ego (who is btw *perfectly* cast, more on that in a bit), but…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★

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

    This is probably my fourth viewing and of course I think it’s pretty great overall but I’ve always considered it to be slightly overrated and never quite grasped how this is considered the greatest film of all time, or therabouts, when we have REAR WINDOW. I don’t think I need to get into what does make this a great movie so I’ll just talk about the reasons why I think it’s not the greatest movie ever. Let’s talk about that…

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  • Assassins

    Assassins

    ★★½

    A guilty pleasure, of sorts. This has got to be one of the weirdest big studio action flicks, well, ever. For one thing it's got a hero who talks to himself more than any character in film history (except for maybe Sandra Bullock in Gravity) with about a fifth of the movie consisting of him chatting on the internet, often while talking to himself, with many, many shots of text on screen. This was apparently considered cinematic in 1995 when…

  • Better Off Dead...

    Better Off Dead...

    ★★★★½

    This movie is some sort of demented work of genius. Sure there are a few groaners, the ski plot is not terribly interesting and there's a couple of lame musical montages but otherwise this is as brilliant as an cheesy 80's teen comedy can get. It manages to be pretty consistently hilarious and batshit insane throughout its running time and for me that's all I really need. My two favourite requirements of a fun movie are hilarity and insanity and…