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  • Mighty Joe Young

    Mighty Joe Young

    ★★

    The Pax-man brought a level of credibility to every film he was a part of, even this goofy giant ape movie. He's the only actor here selling the size and wonder to big gorilla Joe. He basically stepped off the set of Twister from chasing storms to chasing apes. When he's a man on a mission, whether it be storm chasing, moon chasing, demon slaying, ship seeking, nightcrawling, mountain climbing, crime solving (see One False Move), the man is ace.…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    Guess Who's Coming to the Horror Renaissance

    (For the record, my audience was literally shouting, "Get out!" during one scene and then cheering throughout much of the ending. See it in a theater.)

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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…