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  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★★★

    This is so much better than it has any right to be. Hiring Charlize Theron as your action movie lead is always a smart move, and it makes Old Guard feel more important than a lesser star would have made it. It’s hard to make an action film with immortal protagonists as it sucks all the drama out of any fight sequence: they’re not gonna die so why should I care? Old Guard does a great job throwing enough obstacles in the…

  • Bullitt

    Bullitt

    ★★★½

    I still can't make heads or tails out of the mystery aspect of this. It doesn't help that every character who is not Steve McQueen looks exactly the same. But whatever its plot deficiencies, Bullitt makes up for it visually. Peter Yates does a brilliant job telling this story primarily with visuals and sound, even when most cop films would opt for pages and pages of dialogue. The celebrated car chase is still a stunner--you truly feel the cars as they race down those San Francisco hills. It's amazing the depth McQueen can achieve with just his face.

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  • This Is Not What I Expected

    This Is Not What I Expected

    ★★★½

    Takeshi Kaneshiro playing a repressed, uptight rich businessman in well-tailored suits in a romcom that pits him against a Manic Pixie Dream Chef is totally my aesthetic.

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    ★★★★★

    I forget how awesome this movie is until I'm watching it. The fight choreography! The gravity-defying chase scenes! The repressed lovers bound by duty and societal expectations! Chang Chen as a sexy outlaw with wild hair and no shirt underneath his open jacket! Michelle Yeoh!