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  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★½

    By far one of the most brutal films I've ever seen. Concussion-inducing, blood-slicked, teeth-gritting, teeth-removing, heart-pounding, assaulting violence. It's technically intricate, executed efficiently, and is structured to give you a moment's gasp before throwing you right back into the breathlessly fast fight scenes.
    Truly amazing.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★½

    So very silly. Better than Sorcerer's Stone (but still obviously a Chris Columbus movie). Dobby is fantastic, especially for 2002 tech, the addition of Jason Isaacs is wonderful, etc. but dang this is such a loooong movie. 2:40 for a kids' movie! Yikes.

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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.…