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  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    ★★★★

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a curious cult movie. It takes the form of an easily dismiss-able dumb comedy aimed at teenagers; yet it has cemented itself as a cultural touchstone. Surely part of this has to do with the amusing and overly enthusiastic performance from a young Keanu Reeves - though the mostly forgotten Alex Winter is every bit his equal here - but I think it's more than that. Taking place at the tail end of the 1980's,…

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★★½

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

    Always fun to watch around Christmas. Showed this to my wife for the first time and she was real nervous during the first half cause she was afraid it would get scary. By the time we got to the pub scene she was laughing and having a good time. This movie is campy and un-subtle but the filmmaking does a great job supporting the film's goals.

    Take for example the scene in which the Gremlins are fed after midnight. We…

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  • Before We Go

    Before We Go

    ★★

    A fantasy film that posits a world in which your wife spends a night in New York City with Chris Evans and doesn't bone him. Best Actress goes to Alice Eve's teeth.

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★½

    Warning: Do not watch while hungry. Viggo Mortensen eats a *lot* of food in this and most of it looks delicious. Hot dogs, spaghetti, fried chicken, sandwiches... you name it (not pimento cheese though, the Philistine). I wish I had eaten lunch before I went to the theater.

    It feels like I'm not supposed to like this, but I did. Viggo and Mahershala are excellent in it. Mortensen is barely recognizable as Tony Lip and he fully inhabits his low-class…

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    I sound like a broken record but movies are always funnier when I watch them with a group and I never realized quite how many visual jokes are in this. The whole bit with Toht pulling out what you think is a weapon and then it's just his hanger? Amazing. My least favorite bit is still the street chase with the baskets (outside the awesome swordsman scene, obviously) because I think it's generally best when it peppers in comedy as…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★½

    How on earth did I miss seeing True Romance for so long? What an exhilarating film. It has all the earmarks of a Tarantino script - the pulp culture dialog, the foreboding buildup to violent outbursts - and none of the stupid tics and hyperactive editing that would mar Tony Scott's later career. Imagine if 1993 Tony Scott had made Man on Fire! It might have been a good film. True Romance, while certainly less distinctive in its visual style…