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  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    ★★★½

    It's a weird one. Pacing is a bit droning, partly because of how it is driven merely by a bare bones synth melody soundtrack. Blade Runner would do this the year after but to far better effect. The plot is simple, the characters are odd and not introduced very well. The President is a pantywaist and the main antagonist is unimpressive. Still, it has a certain iconic feel, despite seeming like it comes from a 1980 teenage boy's idea of what "badass" means.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★★

    References the original trilogy in all the ways you might have wished Episode 7 does. Amazing casting, acting, action and effects, music, everything.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Just finished watching it and the rhythm is still resonating through my body. I'm typing to that rhythm right now. The music in this movie blew my mind.

    This is the kind of movie that is going to be remembered.

    It starts off awkward, then it gets intense, then the intensity steps up. And then it steps up again. Then it goes so far you have no idea what's going to happen. By the end, I was prepared for it…

  • Red State

    Red State

    ★★★½

    First of all, I would encourage people curious about the movie to watch it as it's very difficult to review without mildly spoiling some unexpected bits.

    Red State is extremely confrontational and somewhat disquieting. Some will say it changes focus and is unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, but I appreciated the unexpected turns and it kept me on my toes. Michael Parks delivered a minblowing performance, and I can't honestly say any other actors brought it…