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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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    Stellar action sequences as you would expect from a Mission Impossible entry. But I still prefer any of the first four films in the series.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

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    David Gordon Green's take on the Halloween franchise is ultimately a frustrating one. On the one hand, Jamie-Lee and Michael Myers are the glue that holds it all together, as their characters remain true to the original intent of what John Carpenter set out to establish in 1978. When it's Laurie vs Michael, the film is damn entertaining.

    Where the frustration lies includes the lack of any real atmosphere or cinematic mise-en-scene that feels true to the original. The work…

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  • Swingers

    Swingers

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    I have fond, fond memories of Swingers.

    Swingers is one of these experiences you had to have when it first came out. As a late teenager at the time (closer to my twenties), what Vince and Jon do in this movie was pretty much what I was doing (except the whole Vegas thing and saying 'beautiful babies' a lot). Hanging out with friends, trying to look cool, going to new clubs and bars, buying expensive drinks (or stealing others at…

  • The Science of Sleep

    The Science of Sleep

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    Gondry is in complete control with The Science of Sleep. He wrote and directed this absolute wonder of a film. You can feel his playful energy in every frame, with Gael GarcΓ­a Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg throwing themselves into Gondry's head and really understanding his vision.

    It's filmmakers like Gondry, who when they have total ownership over their material, make you see the pure magic that cinema can provide. Glorious!