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  • Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    ★★★★½

    killed by bullets, made immortal by the image. portrays Dillinger as the last of his kind, swept aside by the modernity of the 20th century. America seen here as caught between the individual and the system, the romantic notion of the hero and outlaw replaced by the ruthless indifference of the FBI and the mafia. Michael Mann's look back at the distant past before his glance towards the oncoming future in Blackhat.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★★

    "There's always a bigger fish."

    a helluva lot smarter than most people realize. in this film (and later installments in the prequel trilogy, I'm now realizing) Lucas examines how corporations can end up controlling and influencing governments to their own benefit, how small planets/nations and their citizens can be exploited by more powerful political groups, how the weaknesses of democracy can be cleverly and easily used to give rise to fascism. all this and Lucas delivers incredible visuals, wonderfully expanding…

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★½

    would be 5 stars if not for the worst director's cameo of all time

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    found this eerily similar to the final season of The Sopranos, obsessed with the inevitability of death and the ever-looming question, "what is this all for?" eventually, there will be nothing left except your memories of people and places forgotten by everyone else. it is what it is, whether you're the president of the largest union in America or the hitman sent to kill him.

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★★

    "God, it's so nice to get a break from reality for a little while."

    Girls Gone Wild. The world is their oyster, and its people their playthings.

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    Wayne's best performance out of anything I've ever seen him in before. Ford casts him as Ethan Edwards, almost the antithesis of his character from Stagecoach 17 years previous: old and bitter instead of young and hopeful, simple persistence turned into dogged obsession, filled with hate and rage at the world's ugliness rather than respect and kindness at its beauty. Amazed that people have criticized this as racist -- it's one of the few westerns I've watched that accurately depicts…