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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Crucially, when we first see Dae-su inside his prison, Park shoots from the hallway, rather than from inside the room, and it’s also established that Dae-su has already been living there for two months. There’s no effort to get the audience to empathize with Dae-su the way there is in the remake, because Park recognizes the absurdity of the situation, and makes us laugh at Dae-su’s predicament. That being said, I still don’t think this is all that much better…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I haven't seen the original, but I was led to believe that this version was a total dumpster fire, which just isn't the case. Sure, it's pretty dumb at times, and Spike is a terrible fit for the material (he keeps trying to give a kind of prestige treatment to what's essentially a cartoon, which just doesn't fit a lot of the time (mice, hammer oner, Samuel L. Jackson's hair)), but I'd be lying if I said that this wasn't…

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  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour

    ★★★★★

    "This life came so close to never happening."

    I've been busy with life recently and I needed a way to unwind. I'm not sure rewatching this improved my mental state, but it certainly changed it if that makes any sense. I'm no longer stressed, just sad.

    "We do what we have to do to survive."

    I'm not sure that I can call 25th Hour one of my favorite movies in good faith. It's not really a film that I enjoy,…

  • She's Gotta Have It

    She's Gotta Have It

    ★★★★

    what if spike is short for spichael