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  • My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★

  • Tomb Raider

    ★★

  • Argo

    ★★★★

  • Blade II

    ★★★

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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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  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★

    100-word review: Is this the most realistic court drama in all of history? Well, even if it isn't, it does at least feature Marisa Tomei at her most hilarious. Vinny may be the picture's main character, but Mona Lisa surely is its star (the fact she won an Oscar for it is nothing short of perfect). The whole film is fairly funny (the prison 'misunderstanding' scene between Stan and Vinny, and Vinny's 'bar fight' interaction are two prime examples). Not too many instances of such jokes provoking more than a mild chuckle from me, but also rarely one that falls flat altogether.

  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    ★★

    100-word review: Alicia Vikander makes for a pretty alright Lara, but without an oversized prism-shaped cardboard box underneath her top, she'll never be my Croft! Kidding of course. Other than giving me two instances of inspiration for a D&D trap or puzzle, Tomb raider is the lesser adventure game adaptation in the Playstation Cinematic Universe compared to the surprisingly okay Uncharted; Lara isn't as badass as she could've been, and the story only has a single curious left turn towards the very end of the film. Indiana Jones-like adventures ought to be fun and entertaining — this is plain.

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  • Blade II

    Blade II

    ★★★

    100-word review: Featuring a young Daryl Dixon before he moved on from vampires (and for some reason The Powerpuff Girls) to zombies; just like in The Walking Dead, he's a highlight here as well. And so is Snipes, again, of course. Lighter on plot than its predecessor, Blade II focusses on doused-in-early-2000-aesthetics fights, which the newly introduced race of otherworldly crazy Reapers is perfect for. Tight black leather pants, long black leather coats, shades, needle drops, videogame physics — it's all here. The twist delivery is very expository, but Blade's handling is deadpan hilarious enough to make it work.

  • Argo

    Argo

    ★★★★

    100-word review: If a good movie is 'three good scenes and no bad ones', Argo is a good movie, and indeed it is. The very first scene, in which the Iranian Islamists storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, and the very last scene, in which the six ambassadors get exfiltrated, are as well-directed as they are anxiety-inducing (take the market scene as your third 'good' scene). The whole fake film operation doesn't get the detailed attention it deserves as the story's pivotal and singular element, but as a bridge between the aforementioned head and tail, it fills the bill.