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  • Rocky II

    Rocky II

    ★★½

    I marked this as a rewatch but it felt like a first time cuz I think I saw bits of it in pieces on basic cable over the years.

    A pale imitation of the first Rocky and certainly a lot duller.
    I just don't like how Rocky is written or portrayed by Stallone. He isn't nearly the humble man who is in over his head as seen in the first. He somehow succumbs to an extravagant lifestyle which is never…

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    ★★★★½

    The thing that struck me this viewing is how empathetic Rocky is written and portrayed by Stallone. All he does for the first 1hr 30m of this film is help people. From the girl hanging with the local boys, to the man he brings in from the cold to sleep it off in a warm bar, to Adrian herself. All he does is care about other people and their well being.
    The scene that nearly brought me to tears is…

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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    I think Goddard is fascinated by facades and voyeurism and I'm all here for it.
    A fascinating character study about mentally broken people and how they cope with their surroundings.
    The use of fire and the camera movements to place fire in key spots is something else. Overall, it's a beautiful looking film.
    The highlight is a speech Erivo makes to Hemsworth at the end of this film that sums up the meaning and gives a synopsis of our current events.
    I think Shea Whigham has been in every single movie I've seen this year.

  • The Night Comes for Us

    The Night Comes for Us

    ★★★★

    It's all about the camerawork. That is how films of this ilk have worked. Yes, Gareth Evans has proven himself to be more adept but Tjahjanto certainly uses it effectively here.
    Iko Uwais has established himself as such the unstoppable good guy in the majority of his films that it takes a lot to make me believe this turn as a bad guy. It also takes a lot to make me believe he has a physical match in Joe Taslim…