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  • Vagabond
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Burning
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  • The Wolverine

    ★★★½

  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    ★★★½

  • Happening

    ★★★★½

  • The Raid 2

    ★★★

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  • The Wolverine

    The Wolverine

    ★★★½

    This may not be the greatest superhero movie ever (it’s a relatively formulaic affair, with Jackman not doing much new with the character), but this is definitely a case of “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. Just like taking pleasure in watching some 90s crime thriller or 70s exploitation film, this reminds me of a kind of movie that is rare nowadays: a standalone superhero adventure  that is competently made and genuinely fun (without being so damn…

  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    ★★★½

    Movies as a refuge.

    Appreciating Woody Allen films are hard. For one, while I recognize his influence and like some of his stuff, I haven’t been a huge fan of his overly self obsessed work even before the allegations. Separating art from the artist is a thorny issue and it makes it hard when he’s usually in the movies themselves. This doesn’t have that problem, but it strangely enough contemplates this same issue of whether we can separate art from…

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    Watching this again after years and years convincing myself that this was in fact Tarantino’s crowning achievement was a strange experience. The first half of the film was all fine and good. It was all mostly how I remembered it. Occasional moments played out slightly differently though. Just tiny things here and there that were slightly skewed, probably due to recollecting the social memory of this film rather than the actual film itself. 

    Aside from this, the only thing I…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★½

    Basically Modern Day Gladiator meets Hamlet— in other words a big epic movie about revenge that is more straight forward than it lets on to being. (And based on how many people loved The Batman, vengeance is big business, baby!)

    While I did like watching Skarsgaard go absolutely Beast Mode in a River of Lava,  I’m not as hyped about this movie as some are. It left me cold. What I mostly kept thinking of was how watching this was…