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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    With all the praise this is getting, I want to sidestep the obvious and highlight the approach to character and how I feel it is the perfect template for the Godzilla and Kong franchise. I know, giant monsters are the farthest thing from Dunkirk but this is the first Nolan film that does not have a main character or duel lead characters and the ensemble just sings perfect monster movie template to me.

    In this correlation, Dunkirk the location is…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    For a film that takes place entirely within a mega-city, it has aged amazingly well. Practically ageless minus a couple flip phones and the faces of its two stars. I'd bet hard money on your average joe failing to pinpoint when it was even made unless you are as hyper meticulous as me and you know the film opened in the U.S. opposite Cabin Fever and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, two films that land on the opposite end…

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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…