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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★★

    I FORGIVE YOU BLOOD. 
    I don’t even know how to begin talking about a film like this. What a fucking BEAST!
    This film just moved me on so many levels.
    God bless you, Spike Lee.
    And Terence Blanchard.
    Oh, and an Oscar for Delroy Lindo please!
    Masterpiece.

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  • Brother to Brother

    Brother to Brother

    ★★★

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    FILMS I HAVE TO WATCH FOR MY AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE CLASS

    Part 6:
    “Harlem looks just like Brooklyn: a whole lotta people doing a whole lotta nothing.”

    It’s amateurish in many ways, and I could point to problems with editing, camera quality, production value, writing, and such. But every actor is really bringing it, the music is a vibe, and it captures a pretty faithful essence of the Harlem Renaissance, and its repercussions on contemporary black identity. It’s…

  • The Last Starfighter

    The Last Starfighter

    ★★

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    FILMS FROM THE 5 DOLLAR BIN AT WALMART

    Part 4:
    “Greetings, Starfighter!”

    Wow, I mean this film really wants to be Star Wars, doesn’t it? It’s so painfully derivative of every ‘80’s blockbuster that it really should just be called a fan film. My god, all of those special effects are HORRENDOUS and I can’t believe those made it through post-production, past test screenings and studio executives. It’s a rock solid outline for a story; the script…

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  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★★

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    2020 RANKED

    “Man who does not throw punch, may secretly have polio arm.”

    Yes, I started an HBO Max free trial that I will promptly cancel just to watch this. It’s worth it for the novelty alone: Seth Rogen is EXCELLENT here, in both roles, but especially as the “older” version of himself. He completely loses himself in the role and the accent; there was no trace of Seth Rogen there,…

  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★½

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    Part 1:
    “They drew first blood, not me.”

    My grandpa was a Vietnam vet. When he came back, people spat on him and called him a baby killer. I interviewed him once for a school project, and my man’s seen some shit. This film slowly unravels into a shockingly sensitive portrayal of PTSD. The film itself is lean and mean, and Stallone’s performance packs a punch, both physically and…