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  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    ★★★★★

    That a film can simultaneously fill one with such terrible grief and joyous comedy is a beautiful thing.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    A lovingly flawed replication, with twice as much of everything as necessary. I wish the entire narrative, exposition, and all of the terrible cast flashbacks, including Harrison Ford, had been entirely gutted with a scalpel to leave only Joe's existential Koyaanisqatsi-like journey across the dystopic California wasteland. These are the glorious visionary moments of Blade Runner, bogged down by inevitable nostalgia and slavish reverence to memories of the original. Still, worth the immersion for the luscious production.

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    "Just because you are a character, doesn't mean that you have character."

  • Pain & Gain

    Pain & Gain

    ★★★★

    Michael Bay's entry into low-budget art film fare is a an assassination of the very culture of implants and abs Bay has deliciously glorified since his early music video days, and in some ways Pain & Gain is to Bay as Fight Club was to Fincher. The film feels high and distracted, with Bay diverting to whatever comic or sexual ephemera will please his audience in any given moment, the entire time taking delight in the absurdity of "A True Story".…