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  • California Split

    California Split

    ★★★½

    Elliot Gould really stands out as the star of the film here, utilizing his indelible charm to great effect in winning the affection of both the audience and George Segal’s budding gambling addict. Segal has good chemistry with Gould, but despite being the protagonist of the film he can’t help but be pushed aside by Gould’s freewheeling persona that becomes a magnetic force of attention throughout the film. Altman tackles the topic of the buddy comedy here, with the inclusion…

  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★★★

    Second viewings sure do a lot to improve or solidify an opinion of a film, especially in the case where you thought it wasn’t quite as good because it lulled in the second act or you missed some key plot/character details. Knowing all the important events makes it much easier to pick up the smaller points along the way, and it’s in those small details and character chemistry that Notorious truly shines. Put aside the grand and career-best setpieces for…

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    Very little can be said about the perfection of Die Hard that hasn’t already been discussed to death. It’s the greatest action film ever made and a perfectly structured film, two points that cannot be debated. Not enough credit is ever given to the actual writing of the film, which is meticulously planned out with an array of set ups and pay offs, all serving to elevate the set pieces and enforce the themes of the film. “Wait, you’re saying…

  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    ★★★½

    My childhood dog passed away today. It made me an emotional mess, and I needed some kind of cathartic release to memorialize his unfortunate passing. I remembered this movie, vaguely, from growing up. I probably saw it some umpteenth times on a worn VHS copy before I even turned ten, but I couldn’t remember if it was actually any good. All I knew was that it was one of those schmaltzy dog movies where celebrities voice the animals and they…