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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Loved all the new designs here, especially the scavenged-together Cloud Rider outfits and Paul Bettany's trophy room. For all the fanboy narrative about how Disney has to make everything all bright and toyetic (which it wasn't before because...), the look was impressively grimy and nasty. On the flipside, it was kind of cool to see what the Millenium Falcon looked like when it was new.

    Given how origin stories have worked out for the series in the past, I was…

  • Streets of Fire

    Streets of Fire

    ★★★★½

    Streets of Fire, which was just my fucking JAM. An alternate urban universe that doesn't really belong to any one time? Check. Badass over-the-top action scenes? Check. All kinds of eye candy from leather daddy Willem Dafoe to badass butch Amy Madigan to rock queen Diane Lane? Check. Killer soundtrack? Check. With all this stuff, especially how it strips down its plot to a bare bones "save the girl" story (if a less feminist one) to make room for in-depth action and worldbuilding, its really the Fury Road of the eighties. (Yes, more so than the eighties' ACTUAL Mad Max movies.)

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  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★½

    I'm starting to see the breakdown of the ratings system. You've got one half ridiculous camp nonsense (who knew King Arthur was such a goober?) and one half crazy brilliant transcendent classic. So, uh, I kinda took the average.

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★★

    Just perfect. Paulette Godard is brilliant, the social commentary is still relevant eighty years later, and coked-up Charlie Chaplin is the funniest thing in the world. I'm pretty sure this has been empirically proven.