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  • Tremors
  • Local Hero
  • Running on Karma
  • Lost Highway

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  • The Happenings

    ★★★

  • Mania

    ★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

  • Tolkien

    ★★½

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  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    ★★★★★

    A decade later and I'm still picking up on little things here and there in terms of how this can be read, as both the Cage and Herzog are totally doing improv at times.Also, is Herzog taking shots at Malick?

    Say what you will, but this is one of the biggest enigmas surrounding the most engaging performance of the century.

  • Throw Down

    Throw Down

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes you need to get thrown on your ass to learn how to get back up.

    Just completely resonatated with me on almost every level. I have yet to see the "Election" movies or "Exiled", but between this and "Running on Karma" I think To's genre benders surpass his crime/action flicks.

    The two standout scenes for me were the bar brawl and the eacape from the gambling house. The brawl reminded me of the climax of his most recent work…

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  • The Happenings

    The Happenings

    ★★★

    Has a lot of things I love in these. Disaffected youth, over the top melodrama, and just insane climaxes, but other than one moment, there just isn't much visually going on here to make it stand out vs the films that came later in this cycle.

  • Mania

    Mania

    ★★

    Fairly mundane and not particularly tense, but some of the twists hit. The second story in particular was also quite funny.

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  • Wolf Warrior

    Wolf Warrior

    ★★½

    Not bad overall. The over the top patriotism was kind of fun in it's constant assault, in the first 2 and a half minutes alone with have 5 zoom ins on something with either PLA or it's logo. The reason I found this fun was it gave me an idea how obnoxious it is in American action movies for viewers outside the U.S.

    The plot is kind of dumb in regards to the antagonist's plan and the CGI is just…

  • Black '47

    Black '47

    ★★★

    Solid, but let down by wanting to be a slow prestige drama and a blood letting binge. I understand the thematic choice of the aesthetics, but is so washed out and uninteresting to look at, can we stop trying to emulate the look of Children of Men yet?

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