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  • The Normal Heart

    The Normal Heart

    ★★★½

    Larry Kramer passed away. Even if this adaptation of his play is in the first half, how shall I put it, "over directed" at certain points (that is to say, is the camera moving so frequently in some ensemble scenes and/or the editing is frenetic, then that's pushing the dramatic effects), the work stands as a testament to humanity in all of its beautiful, flawed, fucked up courageous and most crucially loving parts in the face of brutal tragedy and,…

  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street

    ★★★★½

    "Whatever happens, we'll end up rich... Or dead, man."
    "There ain't no better way."


    Forget slapping the "Blaxploitation" label on this joint, it's much too reductive. Across 110th Street is just a hard-boiled crime film, owing as much to the naturalistic approach of Friedkin and the French Connection than Shaft. This is shot at points without any elegance, and that marks it as something unique for its time. The director Barry Shear just shoots in these apartments and stores ane…

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★½

    Credits:
    Godzilla - Himself
    King Ghidorah - Himself
    Mothra - Herself
    Rodan - Himself

    DAMN right!

    Wow. An umabashed love letter to Japanese monster movie fans, and I mean that as a compliment. Michael Dougherty also manages to have solid sense of big blockbuster movie pacing, and we get if not fully dimesional then more interesting human characters than the 2014 film... Though on further reflection, this is an edit a week later after writing this, there are... Flaws. Like,…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

    "So horribly sad. How is it I feel like laughing?"

    Seriously, it's a strange thing for me to give this 5 stars because it almost feels like a duty to do so because of its status as a classic thriller and for its set pieces... actually that's not really true, but I'll get to what I love about the movie in a moment.

    I think that Hitchcock here is doing (and try to follow me on this) what JJ Abrams…