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  • Walking Tall

    Walking Tall

    ★★★★

    I just love 70’s cinema with its fair amount of cheese and kitsch, intentional or not. And I love this gem with the fight scenes, fashion, and vengeance plots of the era. Also gave me a greater appreciation for Joe Don Baker who did this way before his middle aged character roles

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Usually I need to be into a movie in the first 10 minutes before it may lose me. Here it took me longer but I’m glad I hung in there. If you ever want to discourage yourself (or someone else) from gambling: show them this movie! 
    Adam Sandler is a very committed, solid actor, as we have seen before, but I think he really proves himself here. Bonus having Idina Menzel and Judd Hirsch in the cast!

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  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    Only from the mind of David Lynch. And with that, only he could pull off a twisted tale like this.  Dennis Hopper, sadistic, menacing, sick, and in his best role ever. Oddly, he was nominated for the Oscar not for this, but for Hoosiers.  
    Laura Dern at 18 was even good back then. 
    Another thought, I had no idea what the Anthrax song "Now It's Dark" was about. Now I do. 

    Don't you fucking look at me.

  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    ★★★★½

    Nearly perfect, groundbreaking, classic.