David Friend

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  • Not Okay

    ★★½

  • Trainwreck: Woodstock '99

    ★★★½

  • Nope

    ★★★½

  • Playground

    ★★★

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★½

    As a cinematic experience, "Nope" is a satisfying summer blockbuster (those look-to-the-sky shots are thrilling in Imax). But as Jordan Peele's largest and most ambitious swing at social commentary, this one is about as disjointed as he's ever been. The dialogue, in particular, doesn't do the storyline any favours. Too many times it's unclear and too random to comprehend. The editing only further muddles the story by layering the mystery with sudden cuts and flashbacks that take far too long…

  • Enter the Ninja

    Enter the Ninja

    ★★★

    Far more entertaining than it should've been and way more hilarious than I expected. "Enter the Ninja" jump started the global obsession with ninjas, but it stands on its own as a quite ridiculous bridge between the late '70s playboy lifestyle and the playful adventures of the early' 80s. The script is pretty awful, the jokes are cringe, but the fighting scenes are quite thrilling. For me, that was enough. The synchronized swimmers were an extra bonus.

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