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  • The Terminator

    The Terminator

    ★★★★★

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

    The film that launched James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger's careers into the stratosphere. It's easy to get bogged down in the "Franchise" and the bigger and better attitude that has grown out of this film, and it's not until you go back on a rewatch and realize just how tightly controlled, beautifully shot, perfectly balanced and well constructed this film is.

    As much of a hard sci-fi film as it is a horror movie, with a foot planted firmly in…

  • Caligula

    Caligula

    ★★★★

    Known more for it's behind the scenes shenanigans than those happening on the screen, Caligula is one of the most interesting movie tales ever told.

    It's kinda a mess, a long, drawn-out, mess.

    I unabashedly love this film.

    I'm not even sure why other than it treats the perversions of Rome as so commonplace and mundane. Sure, Caligula himself is unhinged, but this film feels like real life for Roman times. One of my biggest complaints about film or television…

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  • Rocky Balboa

    Rocky Balboa

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly good and effective for a movie this late into a franchise, Balboa has a lot of heart, pushing Rocky's relationship with his currently estranged son into the spotlight.

    It also continues to be about boxing, by making Rocky an object of legend and curiosity coming out of retirement to fight someone 30 years younger (and finding a believable and logical way to make that happen). It conveniently forgets all the brain damage Rock has sustained along the journey (something that was such a big part of V).

    A satisfying conclusion to the saga.

  • Boundin'

    Boundin'

    ★★★★

    I remember being vaguely disappointed in this short the first time I saw it before the Incredibles.

    How silly and naive I was back then.

    This is a delightful little fable, all about being true to one's self. It's catchy and straight forward and bound to put you in a good mood.

    And my three-year-old granddaughter loves it, so there's that.