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  • V for Vendetta
  • The Fifth Element
  • Heat
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Plot of Fear

    ★★★★

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

    ★★★½

  • Deep Red

    ★★★★½

  • Baba Yaga

    ★★★½

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Bring on more "dad movies" like this, I feel like I need a more frequent fix of this kind of cinema.

    The idea to sequel something so iconic that was, if not perhaps outright loved by all, at the very least so steeped in a distinct type of 80s bravado and stylized in its imagery to gain a real cult following, is insane enough on paper but to execute it and execute it so well feels like catching lightning in…

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    Kind of a modern contrast to the kind of cinema I've mostly been watching in recent months but then again it's not.

    Ti West's X gets its name from the lurid X rating, promising for some and prohibitive for others, that porn films were likely to receive back in the good old dirty days of 1979 where this film is set.

    Being that this is an A24 production, most of the audience and myself included have likely come to expect…

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  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    ★★★★½

    Who better to amateur sleuth their way through a highly stylized and impeccably lensed Argento giallo than David Hemmings?

    The obsessed photographer from Blow-Up turns into a kind of equally obsessed jazz pianist here, who witnesses a brutal murder and — in true Argento fashion — can't quite put his finger on a crucial detail he witnesses the night it occurs. A detail that a perceptive audience member may actually pick up on in a first viewing if their reaction…

  • Baba Yaga

    Baba Yaga

    ★★★½

    Still a creative endeavor on its rewatch, Baba Yaga is a really unusual and often dreamlike film that blends a world of sit-in meets alternate history reenactment in its reinstated opening sequence with comic book origins about a character named Valentina who here meets a witch and suffers her curse, including a stormy night standoff in the witch's house in the finale.

    It's easy to see why certain scenes got taken out by the producers, the beginning in particular, but…

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  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    ★★★★

    An Indonesian rape and revenge film that somehow feels less exploitative and more grounded than comparable genre-fare. Also, it's not as visually dark and depressing as one might expect from such material but rather glary.

    It's definitely a mood-piece because the film relies heavily on its images along Marlina's journey and is therein definitely akin to the western genre, which also applies to the plot, which is pretty straightforward and without too many twists or turns. Some might take away…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    This film shouldn't work.

    The title basically tells you exactly what kind of a story you're in for. It brings a plethora of expectations with it and, even if you just heard the trailer during previews you'll have picked up on a couple of spoilery details and of course there's a lot of invisibility lore to draw from under the guise of this title (a lore, which I'll actually plan to catch up on, courtesy of an Invisible Man films…