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  • The Godfather
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Brazil
  • The Big Lebowski

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  • Christine

    ★★★★

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★

  • The Princess Bride

    ★★★★

  • Jurassic Park III

    ★★

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  • Christine

    Christine

    ★★★★

    “Okay. Show me.”

    Christine has aged remarkably well, effectively (and presciently) playing Revenge of the Nerds as a horror rather than a comedy.

    There are a lot of really well-observed, and delightfully unsettling, elements to Christine. There’s the portrayal of warped and frustrated masculinity, it’s the film even framing its violence in sexual terms: asphyxiation, collision, penetration and pressure. There’s the warped nostalgia underpinning this macho fantasy, with Archie reinventing himself as a fifties greaser capturing the essence of the…

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★

    “Hello there.”

    After the finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi aired, “he said the line” trended on Twitter, which tells you everything you need to know about the show and modern pop culture in four simple words.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    It is probably a bit early to say this on first watch, but I’m pretty confident: The Rise Of Skywalker may be the worst Star Wars film. It is also the worst film that JJ Abrams has made.

    The real tragedy of The Rise Of Skywalker is that it is designed to appease the type of audience who - by definition - can never be appeased. And it works so hard to appease them that it alienates everybody else.

    Full review: the m0vie blog

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★

    “If we send them back, they’ll die.”

    Look, Spider-Man IIIs are hard.

    All the usual complaints about the increasing nostalgia fixation of modern pop culture apply here. It turns out the greatest impact of The Force Awakens wasn’t the “legacyquel” but instead the “repeatquel.” It’s not about passing the toys to the next generation, it’s about reminding a generation that the toys really belong to them. Fundamentally, No Way Home suffers from the same problems as Space Jam: A New…