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  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    ★★★★

  • Five Graves to Cairo

    ★★★★

  • The Son of Kong

    ★★★

  • Predator 2

    ★★★

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  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    ★★★★

    Comparisons to The Godfather and early Scorcese are apt, but whereas Coppola and Scorsese can’t help but see the allure and romanticism of the mob, even when critical, Fukasaku is deeply cynical. He portrays a world of anarchy and cowardice without any redeeming qualities. At the same time he does leave room for dark humor (the finger cutting scene in particular is a riot).

  • Five Graves to Cairo

    Five Graves to Cairo

    ★★★★

    Tense spy thriller with solid noir cinematography and a magnetic performance from Stroheim. Feels a bit like Casablanca's darker sibling.

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  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★★★

    I say this without irony: Gremlins is a fantastic Christmas movie. In many ways a Reagan-era response to It's a Wonderful Life, this film explores what happens to those who for whatever reason are unable to have a Merry Christmas, those who fall through the cracks of '80s capitalism. Marketing and consumerism is everywhere in this film, and it is no surprise that the targets of the gremlins: a gadget-filled middle-class home, a bank, a department store, and a movie…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    Guardians of the Galaxy was as awesome as it was billed; very much a cross between The Fifth Element and The Avengers. Speaking of The Fifth Element though, I agree that the villains are pretty lacking here (Again, Marvel) and that what a movie like this really needed was a Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg. I mean, Lee Pace, you're playing a character called Ronan the Accuser in a movie with a talking raccoon and a dude who gets inside more alien…