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  • The Wall

    The Wall

    ★★★

    At first as the credits rolled, I was kind of pissed off at this. So I took a step back and started looking at it with a different set of eyes. I realized that despite the military trappings that this was just straight up survival horror and was thus subject to the rules of the sub-genre and I got over it. It's basically a one-man show with one other character whose voice you hear and a little John Cena for…

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★★

    Did you read the plot synopsis? It's ridiculous, right? Yet somehow great actors like Oliver Reed, Susan George, Klaus Kinski and Nicol Williamson read the script and said "Yeah. Yeah. Let's do this." Man, I'm glad they did. Because what could've have turned out to be a 70s era disaster like Snakes on a Plane turned out to be one hell of a solid thriller. Don't get me wrong, it's still a ridiculous high-concept film. It just happens to be…

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  • Duel

    Duel

    ★★★★

    I'd imagine most directors would settle on having a movie like DUEL end up being their best movie. Now, imagine having a movie like DUEL being your first movie. There's so much confidence on display here it's almost unsettling. It's such a simple story told almost entirely through motion, a visual feast of tension. If you think about it, DUEL's DNA is all over JAWS. The movie was made-for-TV and debuted about two weeks before I was born. And while…

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★★

    There's not much mystery behind the mystery of Taylor Sheridan's Wind River. It only takes a couple pieces to fall into place before things are made perfectly clear. But the mystery is only half the story. There's also a surprisingly poignant character study of a man dealing with tragedy and unresolved grief. Renner's practiced brand of stoicism is used to great effect here and he plays well off of a possibly in over her head, Elizabeth Olsen as they work…