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  • Red Dawn

    Red Dawn

    ★★½

    After an excellent opening I was ready to love this. Unfortunately some serious tonal and pacing issues ended up making it mostly a slog to get through. It's too bad because with such an interesting premise, and a stellar cast, this had real potential to be something special.

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★

    Was absolutely in love with this movie when it came out and watched it several times thereafter. While it doesn't hold up to those initial great heights, I still enjoy it quite a bit.

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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

    Stylish. Intense. Funny. Violent. Awesome.

    My only complaint is the opening scene is SO good, that I wish there was more like it throughout. But I don't think that counts as a criticism.

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★½

    I hadn't seen this since it first came out in theaters 6 years ago...

    Same as I felt then, this movie is TOO EFFECTIVE for me to really enjoy. The tension that builds in almost every scene and the violence that it typically culminates with are masterfully done, but I get the sense I'm not taking it in the way Tarantino intended. I *think* there's supposed to be cathartic moments throughout. I *think* there's a fair amount of comedic beats…