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  • Men in Black II

    ★★★

  • Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    ★★★★

  • Bullet Train

    ★★★

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★

    As of before watching this, I had seen three Akira Kurosawa films, which I sort of enjoyed, but which to me weren't indicative of one of the greatest directors of all time. However, lately I've found films of other great directors I didn't appreciate earlier that I've fallen in love with, so the enthusiasm to not give up on Kurosawa yet rekindled. I figured it was about time I didn't just try my hand again at one of his shorter…

  • Seven Years in Tibet

    Seven Years in Tibet

    ★★★

    1989 saw revolutionary waves that resulted in the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the Cold War, and the existence of the Iron Curtain between Eastern and Western Europe; a.k.a. the Fall of Communism. 1989 also saw the 14th Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual, and back then also political, leader of Tibet, win the Nobel Peace Prize. Two events that precipitated renewed, growing Western interest in the cultural-political plight of Tibet, which eight years later culminated in…

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  • Men in Black II

    Men in Black II

    ★★★

    100-word review: Still can't believe how they wrote off Linda Fiorentino's character in a single line of dialogue, especially given how the first film ended, and if Sonnenfeld and co were dead set on removing her all-together, the least they could do is make Frank the pug Jay's actual partner for the whole film! Men in Black II came out five years after the original with one and a half times the budget, yet the special effects are somehow worse; yes,…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★

    100-word review: This felt strikingly Lynchian, specifically Mulholland Drive (the surrealism, the horror elements, the bizarre characters), and my opinion of it therefore is similar too, though slightly more positive: in the end, I loved individual scenes (the one with the songwriter was my absolute highlight), but the lack of sense of things eventually all coming together frustrates me, and makes it so that the film feels tiring and overlong to me. I don't derive much meaning from in without reading thorough analyses afterwards from people who are greater fans of this style of filmmaking than me. Definitely moments of greatness though.

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  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★

    100-word review: I for one dig the ironic spin Bullet Train puts on the orientalist aesthetic of 80s western action movies set in Asia, but even more so it's the ensemble cast that makes this entertaining; I'd argue Bullet Train is a character-driven film first, and action-driven film second, even if the action is cool. Now this thing isn't as original as it pretends to be: the humour, pacing, and drama are all reminiscent of action comedy contemporaries, including David Leitch's own Deadpool 2 (the reverse cameo joke). Still, I'm a bit of a sucker for the format it seems.

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★

    100-word review: "If it bleeds, we can kill it." That quote isn't the only throwback to the original Predator, as with Prey Dan Trachtenberg takes the franchise back to its resolute action format, and away from last film's endeavour into comedy (which I thought worked, but wasn't something I'd wish the series to fully develop into). It's cool seeing that hyper-masculine original being offset by this solo-female-fronted adventure. The action is good, the kills bloody, and the visuals chilly (although some of the CGI animals look bad). The best of the franchise since Arnie got to a certain chopper.