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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★

    A very nice premise, and well observed and thought-out by debutante Peele. He lost me a bit with the high-concept idea behind it all (still not sure what Coagula is), but that's okay. It also sometimes felt like Peele actually really wanted to go more comedy-horror, but felt he couldn't because the underlying social commentary is super serious. He navigates it all well though, for a first timer especially; I just think I'd have liked it better if it were…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★½

    "Rules"

    I'm a fan of originals, but such good technique, texture and editing in this, and the kitsch is absolutely gorgeous. These Wick films remind me a bit of John Ford, in how they work on formal principles that are as clear and uncomplicated as the principles their characters live by.

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    I've been trying to conjure a solid reason as to why it took me so long to watch Alien and after a lengthy period of contemplation and soul searching I have realised that there is no logical explanation in the universe within our mortal framework of reason as to why I haven't come to watch this until now, as it was no less than an awesome movie-going experience for me. And when I say 'awesome', I don't mean it as…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    Not as awful as some people have made it out to be, I don't think. If you have some sentiment for the series i'm sure you'll dig Five Armies, but Jackson did teeter on the edge of fiasco too frequently with this one. We were probably all bracing ourselves for this kind of bloated slop upon hearing his plans of wringing three movies out of that book, and the resulting broadness and bluntness of this trilogy has pretty much ruined…