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  • Thief
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  • Braindead
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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

    we're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
    and the machine is bleeding to death
    ...
    the skyline was beautiful on fire
    all twisted metal stretching upwards
    everything washed in a thin orange haze
    ...
    i said, "kiss me, you're beautiful -
    these are truly the last days"
    ...
    you grabbed my hand
    and we fell into it
    like a daydream
    or a fever

    very much feels like mann's 21st century update to Thief, a film with a similar…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    Revisiting David Cronenberg’s The Fly for the first time in several years, it wasn’t surprising to me why the film has endured as his most popular work for many horror fans today. From an incredible revision of the classic monster movie formula, to Cronenberg’s unpretentious craftsmanship and potent eye for tangible bodily destruction, to a wide variety of thematic undertones (ranging from an almost tongue-in-cheek meta-commentary on Cronenberg’s artistic obsessions to a very tragic allegory for the AIDS crisis), The…

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    There's a moment in Taxi Driver when Travis Bickle is balancing his TV set with his foot. There's a light tension in the air as it oscillates back and forth between the force of his foot and gravity. Ultimately it falls over, and its assured destruction is perhaps the film's most obvious parallel to Travis's own downward spiral. Teetering on the edge in his own mental illness and isolation, Travis is very much that TV set.

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★

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

    A very conflicting film. The first half is astounding, a sweepingly poetic landscape of nostalgia for the past and excited hope for the future. The production design and cinematography are predictably breathtaking- I've thought fondly about that shot on the poster ever since I first laid eyes on it. Ennio Morricone delivers his best Leone score, second only to Once Upon A Time In The West.

    Yet almost immediately after we're reintroduced to our adult gang of characters, the film…