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  • The Father

    The Father


    Breathtaking, devastating, quite possibly the best directorial debut I've ever seen and an unmitigated masterpiece in nearly every facet, Florian Zeller's "The Father" represents the best sort of surprise you can encounter at the movie theater. Take a movie that you've heard very little about, from a director you've heard virtually nothing about and screen it at a rate of what feels one theater for every five hundred miles (in my area, at least) and you've got quite a long…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong


    Me whenever big monkey punch mega lizard in face:

    Cannot believe we've made it to this point as a race of creative beings, where film studios will dump what's essentially an entire African country's GDP into bringing a 9-year-old's last outing with their action figures to the silver screen. Man, am I glad to be alive to see it.

    This, of course, could be another case of me spending a bit too much time in the "rule of contrast" zone…

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    80's action cheese done so, so right. Tony Scott's "Top Gun" is as well constructed on a technical level as it is from a pop culture standpoint. So many quotes, moments and images seem almost ready-made for cultural reverberation, it's almost not even fair, but I can't say I'm cynical about it. Like Pete Mitchell himself, the film is so unrelentingly sure of itself that, as an audience member, you kind of just acquiesce to the plucky earnestness of it…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


    Amidst this year of unnecessary remakes, bloated sequels, and pathetic attempts at establishing IP, in comes Quentin Tarantino with a movie so wacky, so audacious, and so out there that you honestly can't help but smile when the credits finally roll. Yes, it's based on true events, but don't be fooled. This is a movie with a whole lot more going on with it than simply retelling certain historical moments. More deliberately paced than most Tarantino flicks, "Once Upon A…