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  • Iguana

    Iguana

    ★★★

    Very odd late-period Monte Hellman with a very odd central performance by Everett McGill (Stilgar from Dune! - among other things). McGill plays a disenfranchised harpoonist who declares war on mankind and carves out his own odd rocky fiefdom, enslaving or murdering any who cross his path.

    It's still unusual to come across a film where the protagonist is genuinely the villain - not just an antihero. McGill's Iguana is a full-on bastard, whose misanthropy is explained by, but in…

  • Smokey and the Bandit

    Smokey and the Bandit

    ★★½

    This film is lazy as hell. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. Sally Field is surprisingly fun, Jerry Reed is always fun, and the whole film has a laid-back atmosphere. But Burt Reynolds barely breaks a sweat, and for all the muscle cars, trucks and police crashes, the stunts rarely feel substantially better than your average episode of Dukes of Hazzard.

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    Maudlin in its first half, gore porn in its second, the only good part of this film was the ludicrously silly court martial segment which my wife and I had to pause because we were laughing so hard. Fascinating real life story, but this movie is utter garbage.

  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★

    Not sure why this movie was called Revenge, when it's not really a revenge movie at all. I mean, revenge is had, but it's entirely incidental to the survival horror. Nor did I find it as revolutionary as some - while it plays with the genre tropes, it played inside the lines. That said, this, like M.F.A., is an interesting update to the 70's rape/revenge cycle epitomized by the interesting, but nigh unwatchable I Spit On Your Grave. Revenge does…