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  • The Weather Man

    The Weather Man


    This is one odd crossroads for Nic Cage. It was really the last time we got "prestige" Cage. The last time he was granted the reputation as a "great actor" by the mainstream. He was coming off his last Oscar nomination (and my personal favorite performance) just three years earlier in Adaptation. Then Matchstick Men was lush with prestige in typical Ridley Scott fashion. And then the following year, National Treasure was his breakthrough "family film" hit.

    By 2005, Cage…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice


    Paul Thomas Anderson's 50th birthday is tomorrow. Hard to believe he is that old, but also hard to believe he is that young. This may sound like looney-talk, but I believe his best films are still ahead of him. A lot of the greats peak in their 50s and he does not appear to be slowing down in my mind. Creatively that is. His coke phase certainly slowed down a generation ago, and his mellowing out has met my wavelength…

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  • Midnight Madness

    Midnight Madness


    This movie was chAAAARRRming. Midnight Madness is the "missing link" childhood classic I never had.

    P.S. Debbie Clinger, call me!

  • Death Wish II

    Death Wish II


    Every film should open with credits over helicopter shots of city skylines, serpentine highways clogged with cars, and a radio broadcast bemoaning the rise in violence scored to a jangly Jimmy Page guitar solo. Had to watch it twice just to soak in the time warp to the golden age of crime.

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard


    A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single…

  • True Grit

    True Grit


    "Time just gets away from us."

    Only the Coens. The most authentic western in modern memory, only the Coens could accomplish what they do here and they warrant rewatchability to spare. For one, the Coens are masters of language. Always have been, always will be. The way they go about capturing the Old West linguistics and dialects and transplant them into unique and unusual accents of characters is an absolute treat to experience and in the process, transplants the viewer…