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  • Into the Inferno

    Into the Inferno

    ★★★½

    The more Herzog documentaries I watch, the more I'm convinced that the word "earnest" is the best word to describe the raspy German weirdo.
    In this documentary sort of about volcanoes but actually more about the weird people around them (I'm sensing a theme in Herzog's work), the sheer fascination with lava, tribes, bones, that one wacky archaeologist in Africa, and North Korea make this feel like a very human film.
    The only reason I can't rate it higher is…

  • Terminator Salvation

    Terminator Salvation

    ★★½

    Meh. You would think a Terminator movie with Christian Bale as John Connor would be cool, but instead it's bogged down by so much extraneous crap.
    Little girl? Check. John Connor's wife? Check. Grumpy Michael Ironsides as General I-Don't-Believe-The-Hero? Check. Charisma-vacuum Sam Worthington? Oh very check. Charisma vacuum's unnecessary love interest side plot? Check and snore.
    The practical effects were pretty cool, and that pseudo-cameo by good ol' Arnold was fun if nothing else.
    Even Christian Bale trying his darndest couldn't save this meh-fest.

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  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    ★★★★½

    Somehow my first Kurosawa film. I know, I know.
    Darkly hilarious and full of great lines ("I'm not dying yet. I have to kill quite a few men first.") and groundbreaking shot composition, it's immensely enjoyable to watch Mifune the master growl and slice his way through the town of gangsters.
    A true classic in every sense of the word.

  • Die Another Day

    Die Another Day

    ★½

    I haven't seen this is 15 years, but boy has it not held up.
    Quite possibly the worst Bond movie ever. I completely understand why they rebooted the entire franchise after this disaster.
    The one-liners are groan-inducing ("Well, the fun is about to come to a dead end." "You know, I've missed your sparkling personality." "How's that for a punch line?") The set design is late-90s at it's worst. The gadgets are video-game-tier. The story is one giant eye roll.…