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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    β€œHey, John, that was a pretty good fight, huh?”

    Near the end of the first act a battered and bruised Wick is getting his first chance to breath without the incoming threat of combat, walking through the backs stage dressing rooms of some kind of ballet-assassin school. We pause for a moment as John glances over as one of the trainees rips her chewed up toenail off her bloody, marred toe.

    Art is pain.

    Stahelski and company put their blood,…

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

    β€œThis is not mission difficult, Mr. Hunt, it's mission impossible. Difficult should be a walk in the park for you.”
    -Mission Commander Swanbeck

    Usually labeled β€œthe worst Mission Impossible movie”, M:I-2, 2000’s highest grossing action film, works perfectly as a capstone to 90’s action cinema. John Woo infuses the film with all of his signature trade marks and uses Tom Cruise as his American Cho Yun-Fat stand in to be the duel wielding catalyst for the action, filling into those…

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  • 1492: Conquest of Paradise

    1492: Conquest of Paradise

    β€œThe new world is a disaster.”

    β€œAnd the old one, an achievement?”

    Stunningly gorgeous film with a killer score. There’s definitely missteps here how it lionizes Columbus. They do address his hubris and greed, but many of his other sins are pushed off onto mustache twirling evil characters. And even though GΓ©rard Depardieu is a Frenchman playing an Italian immigrant to Spain speaking English (big time Ridley move) I think he’s pretty good in the role the film ask him…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    Rewatched for the first time in at least a decade. Still an absolute banger. That whole train sequence is just one of the best. The way it shows Peter’s heroism on display and how a community rallies around its hero is truly stellar and works so well to build the pathos of this character and give texture to the would around him.

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