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  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★★★

    Between SPEED and TWISTER, Jan de Bont rewrote the book on how to do action in the 90s (and detonate my imagination as a child), the same book that he helped rewrite with DIE HARD. SPEED takes the DIE HARD formula to the next level, the on-the-move DIE HARD, and boy does it ever deliver on the premise of constantly moving. Right from the first scene, where Hopper stabs the guy in the face, I was mortified but hooked as…

  • Xanadu

    Xanadu

    ★★★★½

    The first time you watch 'Xanadu' you're a sponge absorbing the madness. You take it in, ridicule it, spit it out. The second time, if a second time doesn't sound like suicide, the experience is much kinder and the unapologetic sincerity behind it spreads like a contagion. Most are immune, but some get infected. Consider me infected. If you're an ELO fan, the film is wondrous background noise. And when you're watching the screen, there's magical colors, tap dancing, roller…

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  • Independence Day

    Independence Day

    ★★★★

    The 90s. Truly the golden age for special effects. Of taking real in-camera photography and compositing it with digital/model magic. A harmonious marriage of real and not real. The honeymoon phase would peak with Lord of the Rings and there have been a handful of films since then, but the divorce happened a long time ago. The boat was getting rocky through the 2000s but the divorce signatures weren't signed, sealed, delivered until Avatar and Tron: Legacy triggered the end…

  • White Chicks

    White Chicks

    WARNING: White Chicks may increase suicidal thoughts and/or cerebral dry rot within the first few hours of viewing. Watch for these changes and call your healthcare provider immediately if you notice new or sudden changes in mood, behavior, actions, thoughts, or feelings, especially if severe. Pay particular attention to such changes when White Chicks is followed immediately by Little Man in a double bill.

    Call a doctor right away if you or a person you know who is doubling these…

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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…