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matt has written 960 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns

    Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns

    ★★★½

    At nearly 16 hours long, just imagine everything you'll get back if you watch this backwards.

  • Enough

    Enough

    ★★★½

    An exceptionally sturdy exploitation movie. Way to do the thing. Discussed on Episode 18 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge

    ★★★½

    Historically inaccurate to the point of absurdity but who cares when you've got bizarro plot threads like Robert Shaw -- for all intents and purposes the main character -- as a committed Nazi soldier struggling both with an inept military bureaucracy and his own demoralized troops, Henry Fonda: Battle Detective, Telly Savalas playing a black-marketeer named "Guffy", and a lengthy men-on-a-mission subplot about the bad guys? That's not even bringing up the tremendous toy tank action on display here, nor the long stretches of this that play out in dialogue between two morally conflicted parties. Parts of it are downright Tarantino-esque.

  • The Passing

    The Passing

    ★★★½

    Frequently breaks its DIY spell for bouts of tantalizing bare-bones computer phantasmagoria and truly stomach-churning brutality before landing on a note of real ambivalence and melancholy. Sneaks up on you.

  • Zombi Child

    Zombi Child

    ★★★½

    Reclamation.

  • The Vicious Sweet

    The Vicious Sweet

    ★★★½

    I wish I could tell you that this was the SOV MISERY/PERFECT BLUE mashup it seemed to be heading for. Still pretty good.

  • The Black Hole

    The Black Hole

    ★★★½

    All those great miniatures, the cool robots, the laser fights, the dipshit metaphysics, Maximilian Schell's whatever he's doing, and that John Barry score. It's almost amazing that this still sort of sucks.

  • The Last Seduction

    The Last Seduction

    ★★★½

    There are only three basic narratives in drama: Linda Fiorentino vs. man, Bill Pullman vs. nature, and Peter Berg vs. himself. Discussed on Episode 17 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • The One

    The One

    ★★★½

    Deeply silly, deeply satisfying. I want to live in the universe where this got a ton of DTV sequels. Also the ending is flat out terrific.

  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    ★★★½

    "The trick is a light touch."

  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld

    Cold Case Hammarskjöld

    ★★★½

    Can't reasonably be approached with anything but skepticism even while every last allegation of murder, plans for genocide, white supremacism, western covert intervention, etc., is completely and distressingly plausible. Which, yeah, is entirely the point. Even more unpleasant is the ultimate conclusion that a full and verifiable accounting can likely never come to pass, and even if it did what the fuck are you gonna do about it anymore anyway?

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★½

    Deliver Me From My Enemies